• Griffey Deserves To Be Booed At Stadium

    Posted by on June 21st, 2008 · Comments (6)

    Via the Post

    Ken Griffey Jr. didn’t make the walk out to Monument Park yesterday, and has no plans to do so this weekend.

    He won’t stop to smell the roses, because Griffey figures he will have to hold his nose.

    “My favorite Yankee Stadium memory?” the Reds slugger said last night. “It’s leaving Yankee Stadium.”

    Griffey is no fan of history, and no fan of the Yankees since Billy Martin, who has been dead for 17 years, yelled at a young Griffey while his dad, Ken Sr., was a member of the Bombers.

    Once, Junior said he would never play for the Yankees for that reason alone.

    “The Reds haven’t been here in 30 years,” he said before the Reds’ 4-2 victory last night. “For us it’s a road trip

    If you’re a Yankees fan, and you’re reading this, and you have a chance to go to the game today or tomorrow, please consider showing Kid Griffey the same lack of respect that he has now voiced towards Yankee Stadium.

    In other words, give Griffey “the works.”

    Comments on Griffey Deserves To Be Booed At Stadium

    1. Raf
      June 21st, 2008 | 10:26 am


      …While he was rounding the bases, he was remembering a different time, 1983, when the Yankee killer in him was born. Dispute With Billy Martin

      Back then, his father, Ken Griffey Sr., was an outfielder out of favor with the manager, the late Billy Martin. During and after a blowout defeat at Yankee Stadium, Ken Jr. and his younger brother, Craig, were among a group of 14 youngsters running up and down the hallways, tossing a ball and playing tag. They were a bit rowdy, all of them, but less disruptive than the loony storms that brewed inside the Yankee clubhouse of that time.

      “Martin told one of his coaches to go up to my dad,” Griffey Jr. recalled. “He wanted us out of there. Just me and my brother, nobody else. Not Lou Piniella’s kid. Not Graig Nettles’s kid. Not Don Baylor’s kid.”

      Ken Griffey Sr. refused to order his children out of the corridor that day. He did not tell his two sons anything until later that night, when the kids were back home. Then, the family stored the incident away for later motivational use.

      “I hold it against them and I will always play harder against the Yankees,” Griffey Jr. said yesterday. “It’ll never change. Every time we play these guys, I try a little extra. When I hit the grand slam, it was a great feeling.

      “I’m no different than anybody else. If somebody treated your dad wrong and you had a chance to stick it to them, you’d do the same.”

    2. butchie22
      June 21st, 2008 | 11:11 am

      This is a double edged sword. On the one hand this reeks of racism and being singled out. That really stinks big time! On the other hand, Griffey get a grip . That was many years ago and Martin is no longer in the organization (the guy,jerk or not is dead). I don’t think that the Yanks are the same team, they were back then.

    3. Corey
      June 21st, 2008 | 11:49 am

      On the one hand this reeks of racism and being singled out.

      don baylor is black dude

    4. baileywalk
      June 21st, 2008 | 1:08 pm

      Why did those morons at the Stadium give him a loud cheer yesterday? Even if you admire his talent, he’s killed this team verbally and he was on the Seattle team that booted the Mattingly-led Yanks. It was ridiculous.

    5. June 22nd, 2008 | 6:48 pm

      […] Speaking of bummers, I can’t believe that Kid Griffey got a standing-ovation from the Yankee Stadium crowd after he homered in the eighth. He didn’t deserve it. […]

    6. Raf
      June 22nd, 2008 | 9:20 pm

      Why did those morons at the Stadium give him a loud cheer yesterday?
      As you say, they admired his talent.

      We can appreciate greatness. You have to admit he was a hell of a ballplayer

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