Ken Griffey Jr is Still Really Good

09.26.06 11 years ago

The Cincinnati Reds kept their playoff hopes alive by coming back from an early 4-0 deficit to win 5-4 on Ken Griffey Jr's three-run, pinch-hit home run in the 8th inning. It was Griffey's 563rd career home run (tying him with Reggie Jackson all-time) in his first appearance since dislocating his toe trying to catch a Barry Bonds home run at the beginning of the month. God, could Barry Bonds BE a bigger dick? Using every steroid under the sun wasn't enough, now he's taking out his nearest competitors in the Hank Aaron chase.

It's easy to make fun of Griffey because he could get injured walking to the car in the morning, but sports fans with pure hearts should like Griffey. He singlehandedly saved baseball in Seattle (1995 ALDS comeback victory over Yankees = sweet), then left not because of money but because he wanted to play for his hometown team. He's one of the few bright stars from baseball's steroid era whose name hasn't been linked to the scandal. And he reminds me of a time when I was just a starry-eyed, naive sports fan, a virgin who worked too hard and didn't get noticed. Funny how some things never change.

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