According to the Larry Larue of the Tacoma News Tribune, it looks like Junior has lost some interest in his own farewell tour or even beginning a quest to go out on top:
The Griffey that a year ago helped build camaraderie in the Seattle clubhouse has taken a leave of absence this season. There have been times during games when he’s retired to the clubhouse, texted friends, watched the TV broadcast.
And then there’s this beautiful little gem of the story:
Last week, when some members of the press corps asked manager Don Wakamatsu why he hadn’t used Griffey as a pinch hitter for Rob Johnson late in a game, Wakamatsu was vague.
Two Mariners players, however, weren’t. Both are younger players, fond of Griffey. Neither had an ax to grind.
“He was asleep in the clubhouse,” one player said. “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.”
It’s like…… look Junior. You’re hitting .208 with no homers, two extra-base hits and 5 RBI. You’re more then a shell of the player I will tell my kids about, the player who helped me fall in love with this sport. I understand that you’re 40 years old.
But if you came back for one more season in the sun and all it was about was sleeping in the clubhouse and sending text messages from the dugout (we didn’t even do that shit in college or high school) then why did you come back in the first place? Bust your hump, or hang them up. This is sad to watch, and it’s hard for even the biggest of Griffey fans to sit back and swallow.
I actually disagree with the writer. I think the M’s keep Griffey around all season long no matter what. But the fact of the matter is the guy should try and play in the field. He should try to actually hustle. Show his love for the game for one more season. Or maybe these things are Griffey’s way of hiding that he’s done and he knows it. By putting on that punk front that he did sometimes as a kid or as a younger player.