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GRIFFEY: He was pushed into retirement

Letter by John Hartnett, Gig Harbor on June 3, 2010 at 12:42 pm with 2 Comments »
June 3, 2010 12:42 pm

In our world of 24-hour instant media, the competition is fierce. So fierce that at times media members are forced to make choices. To print or not to print, that is the question.

When it comes to criminal acts, political failures and natural disasters the pot is full and the airwaves and pages fill easily. They should due to the fact that they are truly news and the people have a right to know. In sports however, when your team is down and the wins aren’t coming, digestible news is harder to come by.

A hero naps (maybe), a story is told, the man responsible for the existence of the very franchise that supports the story tellers is publicly humiliated amidst his victory tour. The majority of local media then piles on in a show of solidarity.

I cried in 95′ when Ken Griffey put this team on his back and gave us a baseball future in Seattle. Maybe he isn’t the player he was then, but he still is the same man! Enjoy the hat game Mariners fans! It is now the longest running show in Seattle baseball, your local media has seen to it. Thanks Jr.

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  1. Roncella says:

    John, I can agree with some of what you say. However as the pay and expense for these players keeps going up and up there is more pressure to get performance from them, especially when the team is not winning.

    That very old saying, you have to know when to hold em and know when to fold em rings true in Griffey’s case. He really is not able to perform at a level he is needed to in order to be productive for the Team or the Fans.

  2. nonstopjoe says:

    I’m sure he’ll be happier at home in Florida – where the sun shines.

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