This is real, I completely believe that Griffey does something to the team to bring them down. The Reds have experienced this same EXACT thing in years past when Griffey is in/out (like usual).
There is something that happens when Griffey is playing that makes the Reds worse. What it is though - not sure. Maybe the players don't think they have to try as hard? (Stupid, but possible)....Maybe he is too self confident, brings the team down?
It's gotta be something.