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Cameron on Griffey: "It's not the fact that he was asleep"

May 11, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

Greiffey closeup.jpgDave Cameron of U.S.S. Mariner knows the Seattle Mariners better than anyone, and last night he completely nailed the whole Griffey sleeping in the clubhouse thing.  It’s not the nap per se; it’s what it represents:

. . . the fact that two teammates would talk to a reporter about Junior being
asleep during a game is perhaps the more telling aspect of this story.
If Griffey really commanded the respect of the entire clubhouse, and
they loved having him around, no one talks about this to a member of the
media. But they did, and that they were willing to bring this up to
someone who they had to suspect would write about it suggests that
perhaps Griffey’s influence in the clubhouse either isn’t as great as
some would suggest, or perhaps more likely, that it only matters while a
player is producing.

The kicker: no one bothered to wake Griffey up.  Cameron: “My guess is that most of them probably didn’t want him hitting in that
situation anyway, so maybe deep down, they feel like he did them a
favor.”

My response to this story yesterday was that you need to cut Griffey or urge him to retire because you simply can’t be a Major League ballplayer and sleep on the job.  Based on the comments to that post it’s quite obvious that many disagree with that sentiment and think that Griffey has earned the benefit of the doubt. Fair enough.

But he’s not getting the benefit of the doubt from his teammates. They’re totally fine with him sleeping on the job because it keeps him out of the batter’s box. And that’s far more damning for Griffey than the mere fact that he was snoozing during a ballgame.

  1. largebill - May 11, 2010 at 3:35 PM

    We have no way of definitively KNOWING which players used, what was used and for how long. Seeing the entire list that has been slowly leaking will clarify nothing. That was a test with advance warning and done with a promise of anonymity. Even players who have been caught and owned up to usage may or may not be telling the truth about how long they used. It is ridiculous to point a finger at Griffey because of putting on weight or his body breaking down. Both of those things happen to millions of people who do not use PED’s. People age in different ways. In my family we tend to age quickly. My wife’s family ages more slowly (mother-in-law going strong in her 90′s). Anecdotal evidence is worse than making a case based on a statistical anomaly which could be explained by a combination of other factors.

  2. mick-7-1961 - May 11, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    Regardless of who the player is, taking a nap in the clubhouse during a game in which you could be called upon to play, is disresptful to the team, to yourself and (excuse the pun) is a wake-up call to evaluate your worth to the game and your desire to help your team…especially now, Junior.

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