In a story appearing Monday on thenewstribune.com, staff writer Larry LaRue writes that two of Ken Griffey Jr.’s Seattle teammates told him Mariners skipper Don Wakamatsu may have avoided using Junior as a pinch-hitter in a game last week because the former Red was “asleep in the clubhouse.”
“He was asleep in the clubhouse,” one player said. “He’d gone back about the fifth inning to get a jacket and didn’t come back. I went back in about the seventh inning – and he was in his chair, sound asleep.”
The other player, who knows Griffey a little better, tried to rationalize.
“He doesn’t sleep well at night, he’s away from his family, he’s comfortable in the clubhouse,” he said. “They could have awakened him …”
LaRue also suggests in the story that Junior, who is hitting .208, “could lose his job as the left-handed designated hitter within the week” and “might lose his position on the 25-man roster nearly as soon.”
On a related note, an unidentified OMGReds contributor told me he caught OMGReds mastermind/ringleader Dan catching some shut-eye during one of the Reds’ wins against the Mets last week. The incident reportedly was captured with a Flip, but the video footage has not yet surfaced.
Also, just to clarify, the YouTube clip up at the top of the post wasn’t intended to compare future Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. – of whom I am admittedly a fan – to the Gimp character from “Pulp Fiction.” It was just one of the first movie clips that came to mind when I thought of someone being awakened from slumber, along with Cameron answering the phone in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (couldn’t find that exact clip) and the “drop your cocks and grab your socks” line from Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in “Full Metal Jacket.” So you can save your hate comments for another blog and another time :D