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dougdirt
05-04-2006, 05:57 PM
Despite the fact that I thought my heart was going to explode through my chest while meeting a guy who has been my favorite player since I was 6 years old (22 now), I just wanted to let some of the naysayers know, Griffey was walking around just fine, no limp no nothing. He was very upbeat about things, joking around and having a good time with the receptionists at Kremcheks office. So for those thinking Griffey was seriously injured, I dont buy it. He walked around fine, and when he left he carried a large bag of stuff out to his own car by himself. If he were that bad off, he wouldnt be carrying anything by himself.

BRM
05-04-2006, 05:59 PM
If he's not that bad off, why isn't he playing?

dougdirt
05-04-2006, 06:01 PM
Probably because he is at around 90% and they want him to be completely healthy so he doesnt favor one leg or something and end up hurting it. Especially with it being wet and cold in Colorado, it doesnt make much sense to take the chance.

halcyon
05-04-2006, 06:07 PM
So, doug, did you get to have a conversation with him? If so, was he cool?

RedsMan3203
05-04-2006, 06:16 PM
If he's not that bad off, why isn't he playing?


They are working on a trade... They are going to send 2 players from our 25 man roster to that team and we'll get back 1 player, and bring JR back from the DL.

Least thats what i'm Hoping... Freel, Kearns, and LaRue could be getting shipped out soon.

(least thats what i'm hoping)

creek14
05-04-2006, 06:19 PM
If he's not that bad off, why isn't he playing?
Why rush it while the team is winning? Well except for last night.

If he is not 100% and he starts favoring the sore knee then he's just going to mess up that hammy again.

dougdirt
05-04-2006, 06:26 PM
So, doug, did you get to have a conversation with him? If so, was he cool?
No, not really a conversation, more of two lines back and forth to eachother. I pretty much just told him thanks for everything he has done and he said thanks he appreciates it and told me to get my knee healthy, so I told him I am working on it and he should be his healthy too and he smiled and said thanks. It was not anything big or major, but it really did make my day, week, month and year.

He was very cool though with everyone around. He wrote on a peice of paper "Happy Birthday Jake" for one of the receptionists and held it up and she took a picture of it, and a little kid who was like 9 came up and asked for his autograph and he asked the kid his name, shook his hand, asked how he was....real nice guy.

kbrake
05-04-2006, 06:31 PM
Thanks for sharing dougdirt, I really do enjoy Griffey in a Reds uniform and I know lately I have been ranting about getting him out of CF, but it does not change the respect and admiration I have for the guy.

Mario-Rijo
05-04-2006, 06:32 PM
Originally posted by DougDirt Despite the fact that I thought my heart was going to explode through my chest while meeting a guy who has been my favorite player since I was 6 years old

That's awesome Doug. I am glad you got to meet him and speak to him w/o being around a ball diamond. I think that always makes for a cooler meeting. I always wished when I was younger that I could meet Eric Davis or Barry Larkin. I met Barry at a card show but didn't really do anything more than get an autograph and say hi. It was a madhouse.

Tommyjohn25
05-04-2006, 06:49 PM
No way they were going to play him with this crappy weather anyways.

Cedric
05-04-2006, 07:19 PM
He's an incredibly nice guy. Weird how his reputation got trashed for a few years.

PMand JM
05-04-2006, 07:46 PM
He's an incredibly nice guy. Weird how his reputation got trashed for a few years.
That's why there's a world of difference between reputation and character.

GAC
05-04-2006, 08:36 PM
Why rush it while the team is winning? Well except for last night.

If he is not 100% and he starts favoring the sore knee then he's just going to mess up that hammy again.

I agree. Keep preachin' it sweetheart. Maybe they'll listen to you. They won't me. ;)

Playing him when they don't need to, and while the situation is minor (yet still not 100%), could lead to something more serious and aggravating.

JEA
05-04-2006, 08:51 PM
I've met a few players at ballparks and at autograph shows as a kid - and a few outside of the game in everyday settings (restaurants, golf courses etc). Without a doubt, outside of "work" these guys seem much more relaxed and willing to strike up a conversation with any stranger.

Congrats on getting to meet Junior. It's always reassuring when people you look up to turn out to be good people in real life.

I like Griffey. The first-hand encounters always I hear about with him are pretty much 100% positive ones.

I've heard the exact opposite of a lot of guys.

GOREDSGO32
05-04-2006, 08:59 PM
Junior is definately one of the nice guys in sports .. he's the anti-Bonds. It sucks he's had to go through so many fluke injuries, I'm still hoping he can have a late career renaissance like Bonds and become great again.

flyer85
05-04-2006, 10:21 PM
He won't be playing this weekend and GG said tonight that he will be "re-evaluated" next week.

BRM
05-05-2006, 11:20 AM
I agree. Keep preachin' it sweetheart. Maybe they'll listen to you. They won't me. ;)

Playing him when they don't need to, and while the situation is minor (yet still not 100%), could lead to something more serious and aggravating.

I'm not advocating playing Junior while he is less than 100%. If he's not ready, don't activate him. The impression I got from Doug's first post was that he was completely healthy (100%). I got the wrong impression apparently.

griffeyfreak4
05-05-2006, 11:25 AM
You lucky son of a gun.

2001MUgrad
05-05-2006, 11:42 AM
I find it odd that he had another MRI yesterday.

GAC
05-05-2006, 12:24 PM
I find it odd that he had another MRI yesterday.

Why? I had my wrist MRI'd last month and then started a vigorous physical therapy (work related injury). They have me scheduled for another MRI later this month as a follow-up to see how it is responding to the physical therapy, or if they need to go another route (possibly surgery - clean up the tendon).

It is a repetitive motion injury where I strained/inflammed one of the tendons that goes from the hand to the elbow. The first two weeks after I did it, with treatment, it responded very well but only came back to a certain point and stopped there. That is when they ordered the initial MRI to see what was going on.

Once the MRI confirmed their findings (and ruled out a tear), they put me on a more rigorous therapy.

The 2nd MRI is to simply track progress. That may be the case with Jr.

2001MUgrad
05-05-2006, 01:28 PM
Why?



Well because this was a day to day injury that went to the DL that went to not having played in about a month. I find it odd thats all. Reminds of of several injuries in the past few years that have gone from no big deal to being out for 2-4 months.

919191
05-05-2006, 01:29 PM
Why? I had my wrist MRI'd last month and then started a vigorous physical therapy (work related injury). They have me scheduled for another MRI later this month as a follow-up to see how it is responding to the physical therapy, or if they need to go another route (possibly surgery - clean up the tendon).

It is a repetitive motion injury where I strained/inflammed one of the tendons that goes from the hand to the elbow. The first two weeks after I did it, with treatment, it responded very well but only came back to a certain point and stopped there. That is when they ordered the initial MRI to see what was going on.

Once the MRI confirmed their findings (and ruled out a tear), they put me on a more rigorous therapy.

The 2nd MRI is to simply track progress. That may be the case with Jr.

Off topic- GAC- did your employer try to get out of your injury being work related, or did they go ahead like they should? My employer tries to deny those on a routine basis--just wondering.

Caveat Emperor
05-05-2006, 03:43 PM
He's an incredibly nice guy. Weird how his reputation got trashed for a few years.

I've heard nothing but good things from everyone who's ever had a chance to interact with Griffey. I think a lot of his reputation comes from the fact that he seems to be a pretty private guy -- values the time with his family off the diamond and time away from the game. Sometimes the media interprets that in strange ways.

As for why he's not playing -- why rock the boat with the team off to it's best start in almost a decade? If the Reds are "for real" (which is debateable), then it's more important he comes back healthy for June, July, and August then rush him back and risk re-injury in May.

UGADaddy
05-05-2006, 03:51 PM
They are working on a trade... They are going to send 2 players from our 25 man roster to that team and we'll get back 1 player, and bring JR back from the DL.

Least thats what i'm Hoping... Freel, Kearns, and LaRue could be getting shipped out soon.

(least thats what i'm hoping)

It better not be Kearns, and I'd really rather not lose Freel either. If one of the catchers leaves, I'd most like it to be Ross. But if we have to trade someone, why not Griff? I love the guy, too. But think of what we could do with all the empty cap room--assuming that since he's done well this season and is relatively healthy that someone would pay the majority of his salary.

cincy09
05-05-2006, 03:56 PM
But if we have to trade someone, why not Griff? I love the guy, too. But think of what we could do with all the empty cap room--assuming that since he's done well this season and is relatively healthy that someone would pay the majority of his salary.

Didn't know there was a salary cap:dancingco
I also don't think playing a week and a half qualifies as playing well and being healthy

Jr's Boy
05-05-2006, 03:59 PM
Wow what a day meeting Junior!Did you tell him his homeboy's on Redzone?;)

TeamBoone
05-05-2006, 04:28 PM
Well because this was a day to day injury that went to the DL that went to not having played in about a month. I find it odd thats all. Reminds of of several injuries in the past few years that have gone from no big deal to being out for 2-4 months.

And that's EXACTLY why they repeated the MRI. It isn't getting worse, but it also isn't getting better. So they did a follow-up to see what is going on in there to impede improvement.

tbball10
05-12-2006, 02:32 PM
Didn't know there was a salary cap


Maybe the Yankees don't have a cap, but the Reds certainly have one...