After a players-only meeting to discuss the issue – and a pair of anonymous players who triggered the most controversial part of it – Seattle Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said Ken Griffey Jr. was not asleep in the eighth inning of Saturday’s game in Seattle.
One player said he’d seen Junior asleep at his locker in the seventh inning of that game, an inning before catcher Rob Johnson came to bat, and a second player confirmed the account.
“Distractions come up during the course of a season,” Wakamatsu said. “We deal with them and move on. Junior was available.”
Was Griffey asleep earlier in the game, he was asked?
“I don’t know that,” Wakamatsu said. “I do know our focus is on the game we won Sunday to stop a losing streak none of us was proud of.”
Since it was my blog that sparked all this, players approached me after their meeting to ask if I’d identify the two guys I’d interviewed. I wouldn’t – if there’s heat from all this, it’s on me, not two guys who answered my questions.
I was also told a number of players were angry and hurt by the blog, and that it would be best not trying to talk to them for a few days. Given my job, that’s not possible. I had to try and did, and many passed.
That’s part of my job, and maybe part of theirs, too.