Originally Posted by reds44
Wasn't it a pretty well known fact that Griffey didn't work out a lot when he was in Seattle? I have no doubt he put in a ton of work to come back from his injuries as a Red, but couldn't you make an argument his lack of work in Seattle caused his injuries in Cincinnati?
Over the years of growing up as a kid and a die-hard Griffey fan from the Seattle days then changing my allegiance to the Reds shortly after he was traded here, I read pretty much anything book/magazine/etc I could get my hands on about Griffey.
He has always caught a lot of flack for "being lazy" and not working out even back in his Seattle days. That was part of the reason he was deemed "the natural" because his ability was so effortless even though he didn't touch weights.
Being lazy is not defined as not lifting weights and getting a cut, lean body. Lazy is being unwilling to put in the effort or activity to perform a task or accomplish something. Oh and stretching, many studies have proven stretching can actually increase your chances of getting hurt before physical activity. A much better warm up is to start out with light intensity exercises before moving into full intensity. Stretching before sprinting is no better than jogging up to a sprint.
That being said, not touching weights does not make one lazy. I can do a full body workout using body weight and balance exercises and get a much better workout than pumping some bench press and doing some curls. He did not believe in lifting weights but instead believed in getting more reps and more practice, shagging flys, hitting in the cage, etc. The guy could swing a bat over 100mph, that takes a ridiculous amount of force, and doing that over and over and over is one heck of a workout. Not to mention shagging flyball after flyball is quite a sprinting workout.
Once he got to Cincinnati and began to get injured time and time again, it is hard to workout and make gains/strides when your lower body or upper body cannot even function. Post injury period he put together a few more good seasons.
Even watching him in Chicago for the end of 2008 season, he didn't look out of shape, and actually didn't look terrible in CF. Not good by any means, but I thought that was going to be a trainwreck.
Once he returned to Seattle I think he let himself go. Yes, I think he got lazy. As far as laziness causing his career to end early or to tail off sharply...he was 38/39, played many years on rough astroturf, has played nearly 20 seasons in the bigs. Time and age was likely as big of a part of his decline as getting lazy.
Do I think he got lazy in Seattle and let himself go, yes, especially the last year. Was he lazy in Cincinnati? I see nothing that provides evidence to support those claims.