Originally Posted by Nugget
Wouldn't it be great for Redszone and even greater for the REDS if Junior and REDS picked up his option for next year.
This is actually why I hate the Junior issue.
I really LIKE Junior. I feel so badly for him that the latter part of his career has been hampered by injuries and playing for a non-competitive team.
In many ways, it's almost as if Ken Griffey Jr. played his last season in 1999. I don't think baseball fans have very many (fond) memories of him after that point.
Even at his best in Cincy (which was pretty darn good), he was never that spectacular "kid" we saw in Seattle.
I actually think Junior STILL has a place in MLB, but that place is on a contender's roster-- either as a platoon player/DH, or an everyday player batting low in the order.
His "place" has never been in Cincy. It was never a good fit from day one, but the Reds organization continues to force feed it to us, and it seems to have filtered all the way down to the manager.
I really hate that the frustration surrounding Junior manifests itself with fans viewing him in such a negative light (as a player). But it's only natural.
When it comes to Junior and the Reds, it's just like "let it go....let it go already."