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Junior Garners Player Of The Week Honors

Posted by Matt on May 14, 2007

In the ultimate moment of bitter-sweet, Reds’ Right Fielder Ken Griffey, Junior was name National League Player Of The Week for the week ending May 13, 2007. For the week, Junior hit .400 (10-25) with an on base percentage of .484. Junior also notched 3-home runs and 9-RBIs, both of which were either tied for first place or alone in first place in the National League. Junior, however, has always been rather mum about personal accomplishments, always talking team-first and this is why it is a bitter-sweet award as the Reds are the bottom-feeders of the National League Central.

A lot has been said about Ken Griffey, Junior since he arrived in Cincinnati prior to the 2000 season, mostly regarding his health, or lack thereof. I have always been a Junior homer as he was my favorite player in Seattle and has remained in that position during his time in Cincinnati and I have always said, when he is healthy he still has “it.” Injuries are not something that can be controlled and are, at times, signs of going “all out” to make a play. His situation has certainly not been for lack of effort. Furthermore, Junior spent 11-seasons playing on Astro Turf in Seattle and we are all well aware of how bad that is for one’s body, mainly their legs. Oddly enough, the majority of Junior’s injuries have come in his lower hemisphere and I feel his career would have been a lot longer and healthier had he never spent time on Astro Turf.

Additionally, regarding Astro Turf, towards the end of Barry Larkin’s Cincinnati career, he demanded that they install grass at Cinergy Field, even offering to pay for it himself, so the Turf would not shorten his career. The Reds obliged, as they should have for Larkin, and that is why the last, dying years of Cinergy Field were played on natural grass and not Astro Turf.

I digress. Nonetheless, the moral of the story is that the 37-year-old George Kenneth Griffey, Junior is playing some of the best baseball he has played since he made the move to Cincinnati and there is none more happy than I. Congratulations go out to Junior!

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