Re: Cunningham has no class: Griffey a "disgrace", Dunn "Drunk, a Monkey, and Black"
I heard Bill Cunningham's onslaught against primarily Griffey and Dunn, Friday afternoon. What Kradokk said, is what I heard on WLW, more or less, but generally correct. I believe Andy Fuhrman was fired from WLW for his comments concerning TJ Houshmanzedah, which after today seemed to be a lot more tame than what Mr. Cunningham said about Dunn and Griffey Jr. Bill Cunningham is a shock jock in every sense of the word. I also know that Bill Cunningham can be a very good personality on the radio when he wants to be. Just like Dunn and Griffey- these two baseball players can be great All-Around ball players when they want to. Too bad for all concerned it seems to be far less than they choose to give. Too often their effort is lacking. Perhaps instead of using "is lacking" STINKS would be a better choice. Is it too much too ask Norris Hopper, Jeff Keppinger and Tom Shearn to hustle on every play? Of course not because those career minor leaguers don't have to be asked or told to hustle! They do it because it's the right way to play baseball and sports in general! I'd love to know what the young guys think when they see their star teammates not hustling. Why doesn't Castellini, Krivsky and Mackanin address this issue once and for all and then fine and/or bench or demote, as was the case in Edwin Encarnacion's gaffe during Jerry Narron's tenure this summer, the guilty players? Hey, Front Office- Show some leadership here!!!
For someone who has hit 592 home runs, it's amazing that Ken Griffey Jr. has to admire each ball he thinks has a chance to go out. The flight of every possible/potential home run ball that KGJ hits, turns many balls hit off the wall into mere singles. KGJ does a similar thing on a ball that he presumes will be caught. He no longer runs them out, at least he doesn't run it out hard/fast. Adam Dunn is basically doing the same thing, although he doesn't do a little hop skip out of the batter's box like Griffey does when he thinks he's had a home run. I just about want to spew when I see KGJ do that. What is with these guys that they can't/won't hustle 100% anymore? Griffey is healthy this year, at least healthier than he's been in preceding years. Doesn't he realize he is looked up to by thousands of fans in person and on TV, watching games that he participates in? How can he justify his actions for being someone who doesn't hustle? It's just not the occasional thing occuring here. It's way, way more frequent than that, and its a shame! In general, the same goes for Adam Dunn. Is it too much to ask for these pampered ballplayers to bust their butts for three hours a night? I have become increasingly disgusted with the play of Ken Griffey Jr. and Adam Dunn and some other Reds, who on occasion are beginning to do the same things as AD and KGJ. And we know who they are.
How can Bill Cunningham, on the public airwaves, accuse Adam Dunn of being drunk at a level of quote ".15". Bill Cunningham is a lawyer. He must realize the repercussions he may be placing on himself and his employer for saying such inflammatory accusations against Adam Dunn of being drunk in public and while performing his (Dunn's) job.
I am truly at a loss to accurately write how I feel. I'm disappointed in Bill Cunningham, for his uncalled for words today. I'm further disappointed in Ken Griffey Jr. and Adam Dunn. These two are the big-money players on the Cincinnati Reds. They should lead by example, but what a poor example it is that they're setting for these younger Reds players to follow. Someone needs to tell Mr. Griffey and Mr. Dunn this isn't how Cincinnati Reds baseball is played! Is everyone in the Cincinnati media afraid to ask Griffey and Dunn, while on live TV, why is it that they don't feel the need to always hustle while on the field, representing not only themselves, but also the city of Cincinnati and the team that pays their salary? In baseball, you're resting half of the game anyway, while on the bench waiting to hit! How tired can you be that you can't hustle while on the field or while hitting or running(???) the bases?
Please don't rest on your laurels, Ken Griffey Jr. and Adam Dunn. Anyone, in any profession can be replaced. I hope it's not the case that you may be too much of a fat cat and no longer care. What a waste of talent from both of you. To be more exact, what a waste of talent from all three of you if you continue doing as you have been.
What a shame...
Last edited by Vada Pinson Fan; 09-01-2007 at 01:43 AM.