Archive for May 11th, 2010

Griffey Sleeps Through Pinch-Hitting Appearance

May 11th, 2010 by Johnny G | 1 Comment | Filed in General

Seattle Mariners’ DH Ken Griffey Jr. reportedly slept through a pinch hit appearance in an unspecified game last week. When questioned after the game why he did not use Junior, manager Don Wakamtsu sidestepped the question. According to two anonymous Seattle Mariners players Griffey was sleeping in his chair in front of his locker. Here are their comments:

“He was asleep in the clubhouse,” said one player. “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.”

Another player tried to defend Griffey, saying the following:

“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.”

This looks like the beginning of the end of a very impressive and storied career for Ken Griffey Jr. The fact that he is hitting only .208 with only 5 RBI’s on the season does not help matters. One thing you have to do even when you are struggling, is support your teammates and make yourself available to help the team in anyway possible. As a fan favorite, his signing during the off-season was more of a tribute to his previous performances as a player and his clubhouse presence, but this does not appear like it will have a happy ending in Seattle. With an offense performing at their current pace, they can ill-afford to be wasting a roster spot on a washed up veteran who is now taking naps in the clubhouse during games.

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Phils, Ruiz Stay Hot

May 11th, 2010 by Christian | 1 Comment | Filed in General

Ross Gload Hits 3-Run HR in Ninth

The Good: The Phillies pounded out nine runs on twelve hits. Carlos Ruiz went 4 for 5 with a homerun. Shane Victorino had a pair of triples & a pair of walks, and Ross Gload hit a 3-run, pinch hit homer in the ninth to ice the game. Phils win, 9-5.

The Bad: Kyle Kendrick got whacked around again, giving up eight hits and four runs over six innings.

Commentary: Carlos Ruiz is batting .354 and continues to come up with clutch hits. He said Charlie Manuel has helped him calm his approach in pressure situations, “The last couple of years I was fighting myself. This year Charlie got me to relax and you see what has happened,” Ruiz said.

Next Game: Tonight vs. Rockies at Coors Field
Game Time: 8:40 p.m. ET
Probable Pitchers: Roy Halladay (6-1, 1.45) vs. Aaron Cook (1-3, 6.03)

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