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Thursday, June 03, 2010
Ken Griffey Jr - Announced Retirement
Seattle Mariners - DH Ken Griffey Jr. announced his retirement, effective at the end of his sentence describing said retirement.
While the Y2K bug didn’t turn out to be a big deal, the imagery dancing through the mind of Griffey haunted him in the 21st Century, the grim visions of the death and decay of humanity, doomed on a probabilistic path to not duck all upcoming apocalyptic events, and caused him to be depressed, resulting in constant injuries due to his existential crisis and the decline of his self-worth. As a result, Griffey only managed 192 homers in the last decade of his career. I think that’s what happened - I’m not terribly bright.
Even as a mild disappointment, Griffey’s an easy 1st-ballot Hall of Famer. If a particular sportswriter doesn’t vote for him for the Hall, I feel Griffey is within his rights to punch that fellow in the mouth, collect the teeth, and wear them as a necklace.
If asked 20 years ago who the last remaining player from the 1980s would be, wouldn’t you have thought the answer would be Griffey? I certainly did. There’s a really good chance now that the last player remaining from the 80s will now be Jamie Moyer. There’s no words to describe how insane that would sound in 1989 - it’s the equivalent of someone arriving in a time machine and telling you that the Chocolate Rain guy ended up becoming the Best President in US History.
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