Re: Congratulations Card (500!!)
Since he hit #499 last Sunday, I've taped every single AB he has had. I even made my wife watch just about all of them. The only game I did not have TV access for was the Sat. game in St. Louis-- I was SURE he would do that night. Lucky for me, he waited a day.
Now, I promise this story is NOT fabricated in anyway:
I put in a VHS tape and kept the game on the tube at my in-laws today as we celebrated Father's Day. I was careful to not be rude, but I did try to find a spot in front of the TV for every Griffey AB. He came up in the sixth at the EXACT moment the cake was being served. I made up an excuse to walk through the family room on my way to the dining room, in hopes of seeing another pitch or two. I waited until the count was 2-2. At that exact moment, my wife yelled, "what are you doing in there?" and I felt compelled to go back to the dining room-- as soon as I sat down, the entire family asked me what was wrong with me-- the said my face was "frozen." In the background, I could hear a murmor from the TV that wasn't normal. I knew I'd missed it. My wife asked, "Did he do it?" I said, "I think so" and ran into the family room. I got there just as he rounded third........ I knew all along that something was going to cause me to miss it. Just never thought it would be guilt.
Anyway, I did get it on tape and the entire family watched it with me later.
I have been crticial of the Junior trade in the past-- not of Junior per se, but of the trade and the idea of paying so much for a player for a team with our financial situation. I have said before that I would be open to a trade, and might still be.
But I will say this: I have been SO happy for Junior this year and was beaming for him today. Honestly, his personality isn't really my style, but he is a good man who plays the game hard-- I respect that. Nice to see him get a chance to celebrate with his family like that.
Good moment in Reds history, glad he did it with our team. Congrats Junior. You deserve it.
Add my name to the list please.