Monday, May 10, 2010

We're Still Rooting For You


Though he may be 40 years old now, sometimes "The Kid" needs to sleep.

Seattle Mariners star Ken Griffey Jr. missed a chance to enter an unspecified game last week as a pinch hitter because he was asleep in the clubhouse, according to a report from the Tacoma News Tribune.

When pressed following the game as to why he had not used the left-handed slugger as a pinch hitter, Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu was evasive.

But according to two unnamed younger Seattle players who are both fond of Griffey, the future Hall of Famer had fallen asleep.

"He was asleep in the clubhouse," one player told the Tribune. "He'd gone back about the fifth inning to get a jacket and didn't come back. I went back in about the seventh inning -- and he was in his chair, sound asleep."

The second player, who is reported to know Griffey better, claims the scuffling slugger has had difficulty sleeping at home.

"He doesn't sleep well at night, he's away from his family, he's comfortable in the clubhouse," he told the Tribune. "They could have awakened him."

Griffey is batting .208 with just five RBIs for a last-place Mariners club that has struggled mightily in trying to get runs across the plate this season.

- ESPN.com

So the man wanted a quick cat nap. Big whoop. The guy still has one of the prettiest swings I've ever laid eyes on. I'd advise him to take some adderall but knowing how long the list of banned substances is in the MLB, he'd probably get accused of steroids (I'd shed a tear if I found out KGJ did steroids). So if your teacher ever calls you out for dozing off in class, tell them that Griffey Jr. fell asleep during a baseball game once to justify your reasoning. One last thing, if you ever see Ken Griffey Jr. asleep in the clubhouse, you wake his ass up. The guy is a legend after all. His name is embedded into one of the greatest video games ever invented. Show some respect.

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