Was Griffey napping? Wasn’t he napping? Anonymous #1 said this; Anonymous #2 said that…. His agent said this, then he said our editors did that —– on and on and on.
Enough articles that start out giving Griffey a left-handed compliment, then slinging him dig after dig. Enough references to him as a “geezer”, a “spare part”, etc. Enough staging his whole retirement scenario to the smallest detail. Enough, already.
Coming to reside in Tacoma only about 10 years ago, I never experienced the Ken Griffey Jr. legend years, but I have enjoyed his presence back in the Northwest last year and this year. I have enjoyed stories about his athletic history and the kind of person he has been and is now. I like this Ken Griffey person. If he had not been such a great athlete and such a great personality, the nap story would have hardly been a story at all.
Reading some of the sports pieces in the News Tribune has really been entertaining, till this week. Reading the sports pages used to be fun; this week it has not been fun.
Clearly the “wagons are circled” to fend off any backlash, but I wonder: Why didn’t the reporter have a conversation with Griffey and Wakamatsu himself before writing the article? He might have ended up with an exclusive retirement piece instead of the mean-spirited trash that has been in the sports pages of late.