From this AM’s Enquirer:
Reds center fielder Ken Griffey Jr. decided to talk to the media again Wednesday – largely to explain why he didn’t talk to reporters Monday and Tuesday.
Griffey said he’s angry over suggestions made by sports-talk radio show callers that he should move from center field to left field or first base.
“If I was hurting the team, (I’d move),” he said.
Griffey singled out the “Two Angry Guys” – Tom Gamble and Richard Skinner – who can be heard weekday mornings on WCKY-AM (1360).
“For somebody who can’t play this (expletive) game to sit there and criticize me …” he said.
“What you guys fail to realize is what you guys write doesn’t just stay in the clubhouse,” Griffey continued. “I have to live with it. I have to go places. I have to go to the grocery store. “The only thing I can do is hold my head high and keep walking.”
“All I want to do is go out and play baseball,” Griffey said. “To be judged after eight games is horse (manure).
“It’s easy for people to criticize somebody and not be out in the outfield,” Griffey said. “He should have caught that ball … Like I’m not trying.
“I’m tired of it. That’s all.”
Griffey is particularly angry about talk that he needs to move to first base or left field.
Later in the article, Adam Dunn is quoted as saying about Griffey, “Why does he care?”
Let’s be honest, Griffey has always been touchy with the media. At least since he’s been in Cincinnati. He won the “Good Guy Award” last year, but that was not his norm since coming to Cincinnati.
Talk radio’s all about opinion. I’ve never heard anyone say that this isn’t a better team with Griffey in the lineup, just that this could be a better team if Griffey would change positions. Why is this not a reasonable topic for discussion?
I’ll tell you why….it’s about Griffey’s ego. He’s a sure fire first ballot HOFer, with a contract with a total value of $100M and he thinks that his skills and his history of injury should be above question. I’ve said it here in the past and I’ve said it many times on the Reds Listserv List, think back to 1975 and the last great Reds star that was a native Cincinnatian. He didn’t hesistate when asked to change positions to make the team better.
I wish Griffey had the ability to see that his changing positions might help the team. I think it’d not only help the team, but would also be another sign of his greatness on the field. It wouldn’t decrease his legacy at all.