Joey Votto will still be playing for the Reds when he's 39. What are the odds his body looks like that? I would bet almost anything it won't. Why? Absolute dedication. My dad is 60 and is in better shape than Griffey was in that picture, and he still lifts 3 times a week. He's not as strong now as he used to be, but at 40 he was lifting virtually as much as he did at 25 due to an advanced routine.
You don't have to get fat as you get older in order to retain power. You just don't. I have been involved with fitness my entire life and that's just not true. He needed protein to build muscle, but with advanced nutrition and the best personal trainers in the world there is no reason to be fat.
LOL at the Griffey fanboys.
The truth hurts. Dude was lazy as heck.
"Does a cheetah stretch before it chases its prey?"
Yeah, amazing a guy that would say that to a reporter -- completely serious -- when asked about his stretching routine would end up with hamstring injuries.
Also, waiting to hear the fanboys explain Griffey's double chin and overall pudgy appearance. He was lazy. (Not just when falling asleep in the Mariners' clubhouse during a game.)
Griffey did not produce with age as well as Ted Williams, for sure, but at what point does that become "Griffey was lazy?" What kind of standard is that to hold a player to? "You better be the best that ever lived or you are lazy!" Maybe he just wasn't the best that ever lived. Great: yes. G.O.A.T.: no.
I am as bummed as anyone that KGJ didn't lead the Reds to a world series, but give the guy a break. People age, man. He wanted to come here and dominate, and injuries and time unfortunately derailed that. Seriously: the best player in the world wanted to come to Cincy to help us win a championship. It's sad, because if he was healthy, he would have been a hero. But since he aged like a human being naturally does, ungrateful fans call him lazy and question his work ethic.
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Griffey was lazy IMO. Many disagree, including yourself. That's fine. We have no way proving that he was lazy or not lazy. We'll have to pull a Ron Burgundy and agree to disagree.
It's hard to believe that Boston fans and sports writers used to criticize Ted Williams, too.
I have a hard time deciding. Griffey wasn't a greyhound like Eric Davis (who was criticized by fans for being too fragile) and probably could have worked out more, but he made it back several times with his leg bolted together. That says something about him, too.
I just question whether he was willing to put in the necessary work off the field, especially later in his career when it was paramount for him to do so.
The Killer in a Senators uniform isn't dumpy I'm telling ya that.
Guys get thick, even athletes and the even the top ones.
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