Ken Griffey Jr. will get all kinds of credit for being such a great teammate; afterall he did give up #30 (a number he wasn’t even wearing in Cincinnati when he was traded much less his entire career) and choose number 17 at random so that Nick Swisher could keep it.
Junior started his first game in centerfield since 2006 and contributed in a big way. He went 2 for 3 with a warning track flyout and two RBI in a 4-2 win over the Royals at Kauffman Stadium. It would appear that someone gained some focus.
Griffey also was hitting 7th in the lineup. Amazing the difference between a losing manager and a winning manager. Dusty Baker wouldn’t pull Griffey from the 3-hole in the Cincinnati Reds lineup, yet Ozzie Guillen had no trouble. Maybe they made a deal with Junior if he was allowed to play centerfield they didn’t have to hit him as the centerpiece of the batting order. Or maybe the White Sox just have a clue.