Well, I didn't want to say it, but .... I do think that the Reds playing the Mariners this season DID factor into it. Griffey knows that things didn't turn out well for him or the franchise when he was with the Mariners the first time around. He had some great moments, but just as many lousy ones. There were rumors that he loafed during games (you can find them many places), even when he was with the Reds. Personally, I liked Junior (when he was with the Mariners the FIRST time). Put yourselves in his shoes. If you knew you were just a broken shell of your former self, and you were from the Cincinnati area, would YOU want to come back to play AGAINST your home town? I sure wouldn't!