Originally Posted by MaineRed
I just heard Jim Day talking about the HR in the ninth. He said Griffey was being heckled pretty good behind home plate and after he crossed home he motioned to the fan. Something appeared to be going on after his first HR as well with the fans.
I don't know much about Junior but he does hear what folks in the fans have to say. I went to a game in Montreal a number of years ago and some fat guy behind home plate was yelling, "JUUUN YERRRRRRR" over and over. That was until Junior hit a bomb that shut the guy up. But that wasn't enough for Junior. He made sure that the guy that was yelling his name knew the HR was hit becauase he was running his trap. At least that is how Junior made the guy feel. He just glared in his direction all the way to the dugout.
Griffey is an amazing player. Even more amazing when considering how much he lets what others say affect him. The good news for us is the affect on Griffey seems to have a direct correlation with the rise in his legendary HR totals.
Maybe the Reds should hire Leon the Barber and Robin Ficker to follow the team around as Griffey's personal heckler. I'm telling you, it fuels the guy. He used to play for fun. Now he plays for fun and to shut people up and I love it!
Yeah I've kind of noticed this too. I'm a huge Pacers fan because I live in Indianapolis, and he reminds me a lot of Reggie Miller especially in his prime. As soon as some opposing fans would start chanting "Reggie sucks!" he'd start knocking down three's and letting them know about it. I guess some people can listen heckling and thrive on it and JR. is definetly one of those people.