Wednesday, May 12, 2010
where was junior?
it’s ken griffey junior’s fault.
if he hadn’t been asleep in the clubhouse, the mariners wouldn't be in an unrecoverable tailspin. they wouldn't have lost 10 of their last 12 games.
and the players wouldn't be freezing out a longtime beatwriter who had the nerve to report pesky facts about junior sleeping in the clubhouse during yet another season-killing loss.
we in america demand more from our sports icons.
where was junior when the oil rig blew up? sleeping in the clubhouse.
where was he when the arizona legislature passed its odious racial profiling legislation? snoring on his sofa.
didja know tiger woods pulled out at the players championship? and by that i mean "he walked off the course during the fourth round complaining of a neck injury." where was junior? putting on a sleep apnea clinic.
if the mariners want to pay the guy $5 million to be ichiro's designated tickler, that's their prerogative. if don wakamatsu doesn't think junior's a good pinch-hitting option over a catcher hitting a terrifying .140, hey, he's the manager.
but if junior's gonna be aleep at the switch while the rest the world falls apart around him...
well, he's no role model, that's for sure.