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At Least He Wasn’t Playing Cards

Jersey Matt | 5.10.10

And it wasn’t a play-off game.

Allegedly the player formerly known as Junior Griffey was asleep in the clubhouse when called upon to pinch hit.

ESPN.com’s wire report:

But according to two unnamed younger Seattle players who are both fond of Griffey, the future Hall of Famer had fallen asleep.

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

You may recall…

ATLANTA (AP) – While their teammates struggled to hold onto a one-run lead in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series, New York Mets outfielders Rickey Henderson and Bobby Bonilla played cards in the clubhouse in a show of defiance against manager Bobby Valentine, according to a published report.

The Record of Hackensack reported that, according to people in the organization, the two spent the last three innings in the clubhouse ignoring the game.

I guess all I’m saying is that they could have woken Griffey up.  He likely would have taken the at-bat and refrained from referring to himself in the third person in the post-game interview.

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