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tripleaaaron
02-26-2007, 04:47 PM
Great article by Jeff Pearlman on Griffey vs. Bonds
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=pearlman/070222

"With 569 career home runs, Griffey sits comfortably in 10th place, a mere 26 away from leapfrogging Sosa into fifth. But whether he does so hardly matters. Griffey is a baseball legend -- perhaps not the best player of his generation, but undeniably the best clean one. He can sleep at night and never worry about federal agents or a grand jury or a tarnished legacy."

I know this topic has been discussed in the past but I found this portion interesting:
"Following the 1998 season, during which Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa launched the Home Run Chase that Really Wasn't, Griffey and Bonds -- near-lifelong acquaintances -- met up in Florida. Bonds confided in Griffey that he was about to start taking some "hard-core stuff" to keep up with the big boys.


Griffey nodded, but knew all along it wasn't for him.


At the time, the decision was mostly about the reality at hand: Griffey already ranked near the top of the profession. Why be greedy?


Yet with what we know now, that day should go down as a landmark. It was the day when Barry Bonds decided to cheat and break all the records, and Ken Griffey Jr. decided to be honest and fade. It was the day when Barry Bonds decided he was bigger than the game, and Ken Griffey Jr. decided the game was bigger than him. It was the day Barry Bonds committed himself to greed. It was the day Ken Griffey Jr. committed himself to happiness"

Did Griffey say this, I dont recall this coming out. Does anyone have any link to Griffey saying this directly?