Griffey Denies Report

Dave · February 17, 2009 at 11:20 am · Filed Under Mariners 

Jim Street talks with Junior, who says he still hasn’t made up his mind.

This is remarkably annoying.

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75 Responses to “Griffey Denies Report”

  1. CC03 on February 17th, 2009 11:28 am

    Geoff Baker’s “sources” are remarkably annoying.

    He needs to report the news, not create it.

  2. Gustafson on February 17th, 2009 11:31 am

    Yeah it is annoying.

    Reading the Jim Street article, (pretty good job of reporting by Street remarkably) it appears Junior is really torn on this one…

    I am sure he’ll sign with Atlanta, but if he is going as far as texting Jack and Howard, he obviously isn’t lying when he expresses affection for Seattle… The lure of family will carry the day most likely though.

  3. eday on February 17th, 2009 11:31 am

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  4. gag harbor on February 17th, 2009 11:32 am

    I doubt if Zduriencik is as consumed by this as much as the press. He must have his mind on a bunch of things that don’t include a smallish role player in the realm of this baseball club.
    Griffey, on the other hand must really be enjoying the fact that people are talking about him again.

  5. RoninX on February 17th, 2009 11:34 am

    Have we really ever stopped talking about Griffey here in the NW?

  6. Breadbaker on February 17th, 2009 11:35 am

    It sounds like the forecast was a bit understated. Should be more like 100% chance of continuous Griffey rumor showers.

  7. huhwhat on February 17th, 2009 11:35 am

    Yeah and now there’s another report from Heyman at SI that Griffey is running around telling all his friends he’s signing with Atlanta.

    My question is if he chose Atlanta why not just announce it? This is getting annoying.

  8. Mariner Melee on February 17th, 2009 11:35 am

    …This is getting stupid.

  9. eday on February 17th, 2009 11:36 am

    (Apologies on the previous post. Honest mistake.)

    CC03:

    No kidding. Between the Ichiro editorializing (thank god for Larry Stone) and the extreme oscillation on the Griffey signing, Baker has already lost some credibility.

    He often takes several paragraphs to remind his readers that he is a professional journalist. But it doesn’s seem like much effective journalism has been taking place in Peoria. (Besides the reports of Morrow’s vomiting and Fields’ physical.)

  10. Tek Jansen on February 17th, 2009 11:38 am

    Maybe Griffey is mad that A-Rod is stealing all the news around MLB today and is going to make everyone wait a day or two. Old jealousies die hard.

  11. msb on February 17th, 2009 11:42 am

    Maybe Griffey is mad that A-Rod is stealing all the news around MLB today and is going to make everyone wait a day or two. Old jealousies die hard.

    Two minds with but a single thought.

  12. megapaw on February 17th, 2009 11:43 am

    My sources tell me Geoff Baker’s sources are Geoff Baker.

    Still gonna watch his webcast in an hour though.

  13. Nayners on February 17th, 2009 11:43 am

    This has to be some kind of record for bad or mis-information, and drama creation by Seattle media (and maybe others).
    I want the M’s to be the best they can be as much as the next guy, signing Griffey does not do that. Therefore, let him walk! I don’t understand his rock star status here. He WAS a great player when he WAS here, that is for sure. Cut the cord Seattle!

  14. huhwhat on February 17th, 2009 11:46 am

    Maybe this is an episode of Punk’d “Ha Ha Seattle you got Punk’d, you thought Griffey was coming, then thought he signed with the Braves, then thought he really hasn’t decided, then thought he likes ketchup, then…uuhhh??… Garrett Anderson…?”?

    I am at the point where I’m just going to assume Griffey has signed with the Braves.

  15. currcoug on February 17th, 2009 11:48 am

    It is possible that Junior is just making it look like it is a difficult decision, in order to placate Seattle fans.

    I hope I am wrong, but that is the way it is beginning to feel.

  16. SeasonTix on February 17th, 2009 11:51 am

    Man, I wish this was over.

    It sure looks like Atlanta is the way he’ll go, he may honestly be torn because Seattle has some nostalgia appeal, but once he thinks it through with his family I don’t see how he could NOT pick Atlanta.

    Just make a decision and get on with it!

  17. Mariner Melee on February 17th, 2009 11:55 am

    Now he is telling his pals he is signing with the Braves.

  18. Go Felix on February 17th, 2009 11:59 am

    I really wish this would go away.

  19. Paul L on February 17th, 2009 12:17 pm

    I bet Jr got a call from Buhner pressuring him to come here.

    Honestly, out of all the possible scenarios the only one that would suck is that Jr goes to Atlanta and we sign Anderson.

    Anything other than that and I’ll just shrug.

  20. Sklyansky on February 17th, 2009 12:28 pm

    Its almost like Griffey just wants any sort of attention at this point. I hope A-Rod doesn’t become this pitiful towards the end of his career.

  21. bakomariner on February 17th, 2009 12:29 pm

    A-Rod isn’t pitiful already?

  22. wabbles on February 17th, 2009 12:29 pm

    I’m just waiting for Griffey to sign with the Orioles and then we trade Bedard for him. ‘sigh’ Sometimes I miss the days before hyper-media and 24-hour news cycles.

  23. bakomariner on February 17th, 2009 12:31 pm

    Wabbles-

    I was thinking the same thing…I remember when there was no internet, and we basically had to wait until things were official…

    That ignorance would actually be better right now…

  24. firova2 on February 17th, 2009 12:45 pm

    What a circus in MarinerWorld:

    Rodriguez: I’m very sorry. Very sorry. Very very very sorry.
    Branyan: Junior’s coming to Seattle! He’s my friend!
    Putz: Listen to me! I’m the champion shaving cream pie guy!
    Reynolds: I have it on Junior’s word that he’s coming to Seattle.
    Baker: I will prove, once and for all, that what I wrote last year was true. And then I will prove it again. And for those of you who don’t believe me . . . watch my upcoming three-hour webcast on the subject!
    Beltre: I don’t want to talk about this, but let me talk about it.
    Riggleman: I wish Jack had given me a chance to straighten out this mess.
    Stone: The latest news is that I have sighted yet another ex-Mariner!
    Moyer: A-Rod used to be a hero for my kids, boo-hoo.
    Boras: So if you like this Fields kid, have I got a left fielder for you!
    Griffey: I love Seattle, I love it not (Part II)
    Ichiro: [radio silence]

  25. johnnymac on February 17th, 2009 12:47 pm

    A dollar to a dime says he goes to Atlanta…

  26. johnnymac on February 17th, 2009 12:52 pm

    firova2 LOFLMAO!!! Good one!

  27. Chris Hafner on February 17th, 2009 12:54 pm

    Geoff Baker’s “sources” are remarkably annoying.

    He needs to report the news, not create it.

    No kidding. Between the Ichiro editorializing (thank god for Larry Stone) and the extreme oscillation on the Griffey signing, Baker has already lost some credibility.

    He often takes several paragraphs to remind his readers that he is a professional journalist. But it doesn’s seem like much effective journalism has been taking place in Peoria. (Besides the reports of Morrow’s vomiting and Fields’ physical.)

    My sources tell me Geoff Baker’s sources are Geoff Baker.

    This all seems like a series of incredibly cheap shots. Make fun of Baker’s bad analysis if you will–and I’ll agree with you there–but you’re basically leveling the most serious insult possible at a journalist. You really think Baker’s just making this up? Really?

    It’s normal to be annoyed by what’s going on, but there’s no reason to think that Baker’s not legitimately passing along what his sources are telling him – that a deal is done. Maybe his sources are wrong (though I doubt it). But I doubt he’s fabricating this.

  28. ChrisK on February 17th, 2009 12:55 pm

    This could just be proactive damage control, so the local media will spin this as “He wanted to be with his family” (awww) and “He really, really agonized over this decision…honest!”. It’s easy to play the casual fan via the local media.

  29. Mariner Melee on February 17th, 2009 12:59 pm

    firova2

    Very good. Ha!

  30. awestby51 on February 17th, 2009 1:11 pm

    It makes sense that Griffey wants to be close to his family for spring training, because once the season starts it doesn’t matter where his team plays, he’ll be watching them from his Orlando couch with a cast and a million guaranteed.

  31. Mousse on February 17th, 2009 1:17 pm

    I just got banned from Geoff’s webcast. Good times.

  32. eday on February 17th, 2009 1:19 pm

    This all seems like a series of incredibly cheap shots. Make fun of Baker’s bad analysis if you will–and I’ll agree with you there–but you’re basically leveling the most serious insult possible at a journalist. You really think Baker’s just making this up? Really?

    Chris:

    Your objection is fair, but I think I’m misunderstood. I was not implying that Baker is making anything up. I have two criticisms, one for each of the main stories that have been going on.

    First, on Griffey: he probably has good sources, and identified them as independent of the orginal Atlanta story. That identification is good journalism. My criticism is his posting a couple of days ago saying “Griffey is coming. Make no mistake about it.” That is very strong. He does wield his professional status in a self-conscious way, and it’s only fair to call him out on reporting like that if he asks to be given special credence because of the publication he works for.

    Second, regarding the Ichiro situation: he continues to press one interpretation of the available information and seeking out more information to specifically back up that one interpretation. He hasn’t explored the possibility that the teammates’ Ichiro objection is flawed or reflects badly on those teammates. This would be OK if he didn’t continually press the same original interpretation. But as it is, his writing blurs the line between the reporting he does so well and something else altogether. (It’s his blog, and you could argue fairly that the line is his to blur as he wishes.)

    In any case, as he (and Stone) brought this issue back up again, the story was picked up by other papers, despite the players’ suggestion that they were making too much of it. It’s better than Finnigan’s recycled Griffey rumors, but it’s still a kind of recycling. Not fabrication, just a bit of an echo chamber. Other than his baseball analysis, if Baker has a flaw its his tendency to be somewhat aimlessly meta when it comes to the baseball writing profession. That can get in the way of the real baseball stuff.

    Nevertheless, the sheer volume of information Baker brings to the table makes him an exremely good beat writer. He is serious about his work and I don’t think he is capable of “making things up.”

  33. McExpos on February 17th, 2009 1:25 pm

    Place me firmly within the ‘feh’ category of a Griffey return – the child in me wants to see it, but the adult in me has sent that child to timeout to think about what he did.

    That being said, even if Griffey does sign with the Braves, I don’t feel like this is the end of the saga. If the Ms are anywhere within sniffing distance of the division at the deadline, and the Braves have fallen back behind the Mets and the Phillies – a very possible scenario – we’ll see a flurry of trade rumors that link Seattle picking up Griffey for the stretch run.

    Heck, even if the Ms and the Braves are both way back in their divisions, you’ll still see trade rumors about the Ms picking him up for a “victory lap.” Such is life as a Seattle fan.

  34. GorgeForeman on February 17th, 2009 1:28 pm

    Geoff Baker is currently LIVE! and I just caught the end of his rant:

    “I’m in the clubhouse, and you guys aren’t, and I’m telling you what’s going on, and you’ll just have to take my word for it, or you can read about the Mariners somewhere else…”, etc. etc.

  35. Chris Hafner on February 17th, 2009 1:32 pm

    GorgeForeman:

    Geoff Baker is currently LIVE! and I just caught the end of his rant:

    “I’m in the clubhouse, and you guys aren’t, and I’m telling you what’s going on, and you’ll just have to take my word for it, or you can read about the Mariners somewhere else…”, etc. etc.

    He’s not wrong about that. Baker’s advantage over Dave/Derek/Jeff/Matthew/Graham is access and sources. Or different types of sources, perhaps. Dave/Derek/Jeff/Matthew/Graham have it all over Geoff in terms of baseball analysis.

    In other words, Baker is good at telling us what the players and front office are feeling, what their emotions are, what they’re saying. D/D/J/M/G are vastly better at telling us what’s actually happening on the field, or is likely to happen, or why.

    If you don’t trust Baker, then he’s right – there are a lot of other places to get your Mariners news. But if you trust him to reliably convey what’s going on in the clubhouse then he’s valuable.

  36. Jeff Nye on February 17th, 2009 1:35 pm

    I just got banned from Geoff’s webcast. Good times.

    I just made the mistake of going to check this out. I wish I could unsee some of the things people are saying in there.

    Also, this story can go away now, thanks.

  37. Some Dude on February 17th, 2009 1:35 pm

    A text message? He sent Howard Lincoln a text message? How professional.

    “howie – wutevr u read in the papers is wrong. wer still talking it over. ill hit u bak in a few.”

    Seriously. You’d think you’d at least pick up the phone. I think I’ll text my boss next time I stay home sick or something, see how that goes.

  38. GorgeForeman on February 17th, 2009 1:36 pm

    You’ll get no argument from me, regarding the need for both inside access and outside observation. The issue I have with Baker is something that has been articulated repeatedly by people here; that is, his taking some idiotic statement or suggestion from someone like Carlos Silva, and presenting it as unassailable truth.

  39. Mariner Melee on February 17th, 2009 1:38 pm

    Didn’t Geoff bash Dave and Derek last broadcast for not asking for Media Passes?

  40. rmac1973 on February 17th, 2009 1:40 pm

    *LOL* @ Some Dude: “I think I’ll text my boss next time I stay home sick or something, see how that goes.

    CLASSIC!

    Now for the non-news news… this hole thing with Junior is turning into a dating war over some semi-hot drill team chick, and two chess club guys are battling each other over the honor of taking her to homecoming.

    For my money, let the other guy have her. She’s not gonna put out, she’ll complain the whole time, and you’ll end the night with a hug as she whines about having a headache.

    Just my penny and a half, though.

  41. Mariner Melee on February 17th, 2009 1:40 pm

    Love this comment.

    Geoff, Did you put your cover sheet on your TPS reports?

  42. Deelron on February 17th, 2009 1:40 pm

    He’s not wrong about that. Baker’s advantage over Dave/Derek/Jeff/Matthew/Graham is access and sources.

    True, but part of his job is filtering from his sources, not just repeating what they say. If he’s just repeating what he’s told there’s not much value to that and we’re not really worse off with people without access.

  43. rmac1973 on February 17th, 2009 1:43 pm

    How about we all just take a step back for a moment… wait, no – a step forward… no, a step back… and now forward… and we’re doin’ the cha-cha!

  44. Chris Hafner on February 17th, 2009 1:44 pm

    First off, I’m not trying to turn this thread into yet another Baker thread. I wouldn’t object to the mods deleting all of this. But I think Baker is just reporting here, and I think the heat he’s taking is unfair.

    eday:

    Chris:

    Your objection is fair, but I think I’m misunderstood. I was not implying that Baker is making anything up.

    True. I collected quite a few quotes from different posts in this thread – I should have done a better job attributing them.

    First, on Griffey: he probably has good sources, and identified them as independent of the orginal Atlanta story. That identification is good journalism. My criticism is his posting a couple of days ago saying “Griffey is coming. Make no mistake about it.” That is very strong.

    Well, sure. At the time he was very strong on it. He was reporting what was going on, and what was going on was the Griffey signing was almost done. Everybody in the blogosphere thought so, everybody in the media thought so, and I believe Pravda even had something on it.

    Sometimes the story changes – not because the reporter is oscillating, but because the story changes.

    He does wield his professional status in a self-conscious way, and it’s only fair to call him out on reporting like that if he asks to be given special credence because of the publication he works for.

    I have no issues with objecting to Baker’s style. He does seem a little defensive sometimes.

    Second, regarding the Ichiro situation: he continues to press one interpretation of the available information and seeking out more information to specifically back up that one interpretation. He hasn’t explored the possibility that the teammates’ Ichiro objection is flawed or reflects badly on those teammates. This would be OK if he didn’t continually press the same original interpretation. But as it is, his writing blurs the line between the reporting he does so well and something else altogether. (It’s his blog, and you could argue fairly that the line is his to blur as he wishes.)

    I didn’t have as much problem with his reporting on the Ichiro stuff as others here and at LL did, but I can see their point. It did edge close to scapegoating. To me, Baker was reporting that Ichiro was a polarizing figure in the clubhouse, resented by some, and that caused verbal confrontations and possibly a threat. Those seem to me to be facts (true or untrue) not opinions, and my response is to think that the players who felt that way about Ichiro were idiotic, not that Baker had an anti-Ichiro axe to grind.

    I think the annoyance came in the old debate about whether bad team chemistry is a significant cause or effect of poor play, and Baker and the blogosphere have been on different sides of this. Baker used the Ichiro case to back up his point, and the blogosphere (and I) disagreed. But somehow it seemed as if there were allegations not that Geoff was wrong but that he was making stuff up or was going after Ichiro. Maybe that was the case, but if it was, I missed it.

    -snip stuff I tend to agree with-

    Anyway, thanks for the thoughtful response.

  45. Chris Hafner on February 17th, 2009 1:51 pm

    Gorge Foreman:

    The issue I have with Baker is something that has been articulated repeatedly by people here; that is, his taking some idiotic statement or suggestion from someone like Carlos Silva, and presenting it as unassailable truth.

    Depends on what he’s saying. If Baker is saying people are angry at Ichiro and there’s tension in the clubhouse, Silva’s ranting is legit and points to fact (without indication of blame). If Baker is saying Ichiro is a bad teammate and using Silva as a source, not so much. That’s Silva’s opinion.

    I don’t know that I’ve seen Baker opining on whether Silva=good, Ichiro=bad.

    But in any case, I’m ready for both of these stories to go away.

  46. diderot on February 17th, 2009 1:52 pm

    We shouldn’t make this too much about Baker. I assume the guy is just trying to do his job.
    But…he’s now in the middle of finding out that Goldberg/Griffey lie. He wasn’t here when Griffey was, so there’s no way he could have known this firsthand.
    We, on the other hand, have been through this faux hand wringing before. Griffey always assumes he’ll get away with his lies.
    Welcome to our world, Geoff.

  47. Jeff Nye on February 17th, 2009 1:53 pm

    I’m not going to delete anything, but let’s get back on topic, please.

    We’ve had about three thousand conversations about Geoff Baker at this point, and nobody’s opinion is changing.

  48. Chris Hafner on February 17th, 2009 1:54 pm

    Deelron:

    True, but part of his job is filtering from his sources, not just repeating what they say. If he’s just repeating what he’s told there’s not much value to that and we’re not really worse off with people without access.

    But how does he do so in this case (the Griffey case)? He has sources, they tell him the deal is done. He trusts the sources, so he reports it. That seems more credible to me than Griffey’s hemming and hawing.

  49. Philly M's fan on February 17th, 2009 1:59 pm

    Griffey cant be away from his family for 1 year, when he has the rest of his life to be around them? He never has to work again so, why not play 1 final year in Seattle have your number retired, and go into the HOF in 5 years as a Mariner? Trust me in 2 years being around his family all summer his golf score will go way down, since he will be living on the course to get away from them.

  50. PBS on February 17th, 2009 2:14 pm

    This whole thing is the baseball version of fondly remembering an old girlfriend, calling her up for old times sake, and then 5 minutes into the date, you both realizing why you broke up in the first place.

  51. johnnymac on February 17th, 2009 2:19 pm

    I’m picturing Jr. flipping a coin…heads Seattle…tails Atlanta…and the coin keeps landing on its edge! LOL!

  52. rmac1973 on February 17th, 2009 2:20 pm

    PBS – well put.

    Philly – do you work away from your family? It’s hard, man. It takes a big toll, so don’t underestimate that.

  53. attractive nuisance on February 17th, 2009 2:35 pm

    The introduction of the Braves as a competitor in the Junior “sweepstakes” seemed to be a classic tactic on the part of Goldberg to exact a little more out of the Mariners in an illusional bidding war. Last week it was easy to argue that the Mariners should keep their bid low (around $1-2 million) because they were only bidding against themselves. Now, by leaking to the press that Junior was all but assured to go to the Mariners, then all but assured to go to the Braves, and then still making up his mind, it seems Goldberg is just using the playbook from Negotiations 101 to maximize his client’s price. Maybe he could tease nostalgic fans into an uproar and force Chuck Armstrong to intervene.

    What really surprised me (and it seems many others) was that the Braves would be complicit. As has been said here, why would an NL team want Griffey, especially when Garret Anderson is available for about the same price and plays better defense? If they are not interested, why would they allow Goldberg to use them as a pawn? Most teams, especially this offseason have actively sought to prevent agents from using them this way (see Red Sox; Angels; Mets).

    Re-reading Stark yesterday, who alludes to “every indication” pointing to Griffey moving ahead of options such as Swisher and Garrett Anderson to man left field for the Braves, I wonder if we might be able to discern the Braves motivation. Perhaps they are using Griffey, just as Griffey is using them, for a better negotiating position with the Yankees in trade talks for Swisher. Perhaps I am assuming too much talent on the part of the Braves front office, but if we assume merely a competent approach, the Braves must have a motivation for leaking/not denying Junior stories other than actually acquiring Junior. My guess would be that their motivation is acquiring Swisher at a reduced price by demonstrating to the Yankees that they have competition in the market of supplying the Braves with a left fielder.

    Hmmm, maybe Z’s motivation in talking to Junior is the same. One can dream…

  54. Hitman on February 17th, 2009 2:42 pm

    Griffey will sign with Atlanta and will be announced tomorrow morning. It will be a 2 year deal worth $5 million with a mutual option on the 2nd year.

    I’ve come to terms with it. It would have been nice. He would have made more in endorsements and would have had the love of a entire city. He could’nt have done any wrong going back. It is funny that the Braves think they car contenders this year. They dont see they got duked with the signing of Lowe. I would think the M’s would come out better going after Nady, Swisher, or Dye but I see Garrett Anderson continuing the cycle of the Mariners signing over the hill Angels. I also find it funny that people think Wakumatsu can command control of that clubhouse. If they go south really fast you can bet Wakumatsu will be a one and done manager.

  55. Sklyansky on February 17th, 2009 2:56 pm

    I still don’t get why he couldn’t just have moved his family into Issaquah in the first place. Seattle is one of the more desirable places to live in the country, so its not like we’re Cleveland. The whole “being close to family” thing has always sounded like a cop-out.

    And the nostalgia thing would be fun at first, but by May-June it’d probably become as sad as Patrick Ewing’s time in Seattle. He’d look like Griffey, but he’d play more like Al Martin, and the fans would turn on him real quick.

  56. JohnDavidWSU on February 17th, 2009 3:00 pm

    Why is everybody so hostile towards Garret Anderson? The guy will hit .290, 15-20 HR’s, and give you 75-90 RBI’s. He is 36 years old, he is still decent in left field, he can provide good clubhouse leadership, and we can sign him for 1-2 million.

    For so little money, and production that is better than most of the Seattle roster over the past few seasons, what isn’t to like?

  57. E_Martinez on February 17th, 2009 3:03 pm

    Its a Done Deal!!!! (insert team later)

  58. rmac1973 on February 17th, 2009 3:04 pm

    Skylansky – you suggest Junior should have just moved to Issaquah, but one of his best friends (deceased PGA-er Payne Stewart) lived in Florida, and he wanted to be down there. Not that I don’t love the Northwest, but Junior wanted to be closer to his family. How can anyone begrudge him that position? Have you ever worked out-of-town for an extended period of time? Even without a wife and kids, it can be very difficult.

  59. Coolalvin206 on February 17th, 2009 3:07 pm

    Listen…If Griffey really wanted to be a Mariner, he would be a Mariner.Simple as that!

  60. PaulMolitorCocktail on February 17th, 2009 3:29 pm

    I moved to Seattle around the time Griffey left. I don’t have memories of his great playing years; my memory is of him throwing a temper tantrum over wanting to be traded, and not wanting the other team to give up too much talent.

    And now that “Junior” is 39, we’d end up with all of the attitude but none of the playing ability.

  61. Tom C on February 17th, 2009 3:31 pm

    No matter how the Baker apologist tries to spin it, Baker’s harping comes off as having a bias against Ichiro and it is extremely tiresome to see his snippets picked up on national media outlets besmirching Ichiro’s reputation. Based on some underperforming whiners? Zero credibility.

    The Griffey reporting is also terrible. Almost seems like anything to try to grab attention.

    Griffey can go to Atlanta, it seems pretty clear that that was his first choice to begin with. It will be laughable if his salary approaches that of Abreu. Or maybe he gave Atlanta a “hometown” discount?

  62. dbls on February 17th, 2009 3:40 pm

    When the report first came out I was excited to have Griffey back, but now that it’s turned into some bidding war I could care less. Like some others said, if he wanted to be here he would already have signed the contract. Nick Johnson is looking like a nice addition every second that goes by. He was hurt last year but in 2007 he turned in over 100 walks and 46 doubles. Who wouldn’t want a guy that can yield a .400+ OBP?

  63. PaulMolitorCocktail on February 17th, 2009 3:42 pm

    Perhaps it is time to quote “Army of Darkness”:

    Woman: “You found me beautiful once.”
    Ash: “Lady, you got real ugly.”

  64. SweetLou on February 17th, 2009 3:51 pm

    I just have this weird feeling that The Kid is coming back – or maybe that’s the 7 hot dogs I ate talking.

    Is it to late to call Edgar?

  65. msb on February 17th, 2009 4:02 pm

    The introduction of the Braves as a competitor in the Junior “sweepstakes” seemed to be a classic tactic on the part of Goldberg to exact a little more out of the Mariners in an illusional bidding war.

    A good theory, if Griffey hadn’t been the one calling the Braves to get them involved….

  66. yuni on February 17th, 2009 4:20 pm

    I moved to Seattle around the time Griffey left. I don’t have memories of his great playing years

    im sorry.

  67. GTownHoyas on February 17th, 2009 4:22 pm

    Hearing that he was going to Atlanta today in class made me realize how much I really want him to sign with the M’s.

  68. CMC_Stags on February 17th, 2009 4:23 pm

    Why is everybody so hostile towards Garret Anderson? The guy will hit .290, 15-20 HR’s, and give you 75-90 RBI’s. He is 36 years old, he is still decent in left field, he can provide good clubhouse leadership, and we can sign him for 1-2 million.

    For so little money, and production that is better than most of the Seattle roster over the past few seasons, what isn’t to like?

    Because the average projection shows him at .280 with 15 HR, 80 RBI, and about 5 runs below league average total offensive output. This combined with around average defense for a corner outfielder makes him worth about .75 wins (-7.5 corner OF, -5 Offense).

    Endy is worth at least as much and is already on the roster. Why spend the $$ for reduced production?

  69. Xteve X on February 17th, 2009 4:40 pm

    “Maybe Griffey is mad that A-Rod is stealing all the news around MLB today and is going to make everyone wait a day or two. Old jealousies die hard.”

    Simply awesome.

  70. Breadbaker on February 17th, 2009 5:16 pm

    Simply awesome.

    I had exactly the same reaction. And another indication we really don’t need to revisit the drama of the Glory Years right now.

  71. themedia on February 17th, 2009 5:48 pm

    In other news, the new Morrissey record is awesome.

  72. z4ec on February 17th, 2009 6:25 pm

    rmac1973 on February 17th, 2009 3:04 pm

    Skylansky – you suggest Junior should have just moved to Issaquah, but one of his best friends (deceased PGA-er Payne Stewart) lived in Florida, and he wanted to be down there. Not that I don’t love the Northwest, but Junior wanted to be closer to his family. How can anyone begrudge him that position? Have you ever worked out-of-town for an extended period of time? Even without a wife and kids, it can be very difficult.

    Sure he would’ve had to stay away from his family during the season. He’s a major league baseball player and gets paid million of dollars to play baseball. He only needs to work 7.5 months of a whole year. Hard to feel too bad for him. All he would have to do is to play 1 season in Seattle, and will have plenty of time to spend with his family after he retires. He can’t wait an extra 7.5 months? Even if he signs with Atlanda, he’ll be on the road for half the season anyway. So the different is really only 4.5 MONTHS.

    But then again which college kid wouldn’t want his parents to move close to him and ruin the college experience.

    I wanted Griffey to come back. I even already added him to the Mariners on MLB The Show ’08. If he signs with Atlanta, whatever. Once was enough. Now a second time? He can go f* himself.

  73. msb on February 17th, 2009 6:35 pm

    Sure he would’ve had to stay away from his family during the season.

    but he doesn’t have to.

  74. gwangung on February 17th, 2009 8:37 pm

    But then again which college kid wouldn’t want his parents to move close to him and ruin the college experience.

    How many college kids…particularly college athletes…get homsick during college?

  75. DaveValleDrinkNight on February 18th, 2009 1:14 am

    END! END!

    I’M SO SICK OF THIS CRAP I’M ALMOST HOPING HE FAILS HIS PHYSICAL NO MATTER WHERE HE GOES.

    END! DEAR GOD MAKE IT STOP!

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