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Ken Griffey Jr: “I just felt it was best for me and the organization to retire.” (updated w/more video)

Post by Ryan Divish on March 16, 2011 at 4:09 pm with 7 Comments »
March 16, 2011 8:29 pm

Ken Griffey Jr. addressed the media for the first time since he abruptly retired from the Mariners on June 2 of last season. Since then Griffey has been basically silent from the media. The only comments he’s made to the media were in a statement about Dave Niehaus’ passing.

Here’s his opening statement …

Griffey was asked several more questions about his role as a “special consultant,” which really isn’t defined. He’s going to lean on Jay Buhner, who sat behind the media scrum in uniform watching it all, for what to do out there. He will be in uniform some and he said he may even make an appearance in the broadcast booth.

Griffey wouldn’t apologize for the way it ended, saying it was the way he was always going to retire.

“You want me to apologize for something that I felt was right? I felt that it was right for me to leave. I’m not going to do it. Because it’s not intended to hurt people. It was a decision that I made. I said that 15 years ago. You guys know it. There are some people who are upset and some people who are not. I can’t worry about it. I had to do what I thought was right for me.”

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  1. SandlotSam says:

    Good to see The Kid back. He left in a weird way, but I’ve left some situations in a weird way a couple times in my life, so who am I to knock him? Some people just ain’t good at goodbyes. It’s good to have him back.

  2. family_man says:

    How long will he be down there? We’re coming to Friday’s game and I hope I get to see him. We loved watching him play – even the second time around.

  3. Mixed feelings here. Along with RJ, Edgar & A-Fraud, he was definitely in the M’s all time top 4.

    On the other hand, he totally screwed us with the Cincy trade demand & it appeared that he played a significant part in Wak’s firing last year, though I also acknowledge that Z, Chucky & Howie were SPINELESS for not supporting Wak with JR & “Figgy”.

  4. Griffey’s true self comes out with the statement ” I felt it was best for ME and the team”

    He always put himself first. Team 2nd.

  5. SharkHawk says:

    He said a long time ago that when he wasn’t helping the TEAM he’d walk away. That’s exactly what he did. What do you want from the guy? He could have sat around and collected a paycheck for the rest of the year. He quit. He knew he was done. More power to him.

  6. Pray4Peace says:

    Shark, don’t get me wrong, I loved KGJ and enjoyed watching him play. He’s a first ballot HOFer and I respected him as a player. But that’s exactly what he did was “sat around (napped) and collected a paycheck”. The only reason he didn’t do it for the rest of the year was because he was called out on it. He knew he was done the year before and tried to milk it.

  7. SharkHawk says:

    Give me one source on the record who showed he took a nap in the clubhouse and collected a paycheck. As far as I can tell the only guys doing that were Howard, Chuck, Wak, and Jack. None of them did squat. They did worse at their job than Ken did at his, but Ken at least walked away when he realized he couldn’t do it anymore. None of them did. They just fired Wak and blamed it all on him. What about the other three? They suck at their respective jobs, yet they are still employed.

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