Re: Great article on Griffey
Whenever people talk about the Reds not getting enough respect, I want to point to Griffey. I truly can't think of a better-loved player across the board at this point. Even the boos that Narron mentions in the article come, I think, from a bizarre place of respect -- I only hear him booed at Wrigley when he makes a great catch or hits a home run. Apart from that, I don't know a soul who doesn't adore him, to the point where all non-Reds fans I know are even far more blind to his shortcomings than we are.
Everybody remembers what he looked like in the 90s and what a joy it was to watch him play. The quintessential ballplayer in every way. The injuries are sad and he's definitely lost some speed and defense, but there is a part of almost every game when he still looks exactly like the player he was. Throw in the consistency of his character and and you've got a player who is going to keep the love and respect of the public for a long time. I'd rather not trade Griffey, but I'm not 100% averse to it if it comes to that. But I do think we are very lucky to have him while we do.
There is no such thing as a pitching prospect.