Future Hall of Fame outfielder Ken Griffey Jr., recently was accused of sleeping on the job, a charge he and his Seattle manager later vehemently denied.
What we do know for certain about the 40-year-old slugger is that he has 630 career homers and an excellent reputation with his peers during his 22-year career with Cincinnati, Seattle and the Chicago White Sox.
“Coming up, you don’t know what to expect. Cincinnati was a little tough on me,” Griffey told me during a recent trip to Chicago.
Griffey played just 41 games with the White Sox after a mid-season trade in 2008. But the experience left a positive impression on him.
“Coming to Chicago was a big help to rejuvenate me as far as baseball and everything else. The people (in Chicago) were unbelievable,” he said. “I am not saying there weren’t great people in Cincinnati, because there were. Here, collectively, from the fans to the front office and everybody else…it was like I was one of the guys. I could be walking down Michigan Avenue and someone would say: ‘Hey, Ken, come on, you know we need this one tonight.’ So it was a big deal and something I will never forget.”