The time is right for Junior.
It's time to step up and reclaim national attention.
He's got a historic opportunity. He's "the Natural" in an age of juicers. MLB should be riding him like a pack mule in the public relations war to get the press off Bonds.
He's got the pedigree, and he's got the opportunity. The only question is, does he have enough left in the tank.
This year has been the first time I've felt like age is finally catching up with him, and not just the injuries.
He's played a lot more innings in the last year and a half than any season since 2001. The injuries robbed him of a legitimate run at Aaron's record. Heck, I've been thrilled that he's healthy and able to play the past year and a half.
But the stroke is still in there. The signature image of Ken Griffey, Jr. is that magnificant stroke.
In the field, there's no denying he's lost a lot of range. He anticipates well and get's great jumps and positions himself like the gold glover he still thinks like. But the legs don't explode like they used to. He was a cheetah in the outfield in his prime. Now, he's running as hard, he just isn't getting there as fast.
I know that I should be thankful for the chance to see him in a lot of games. But man, I'd sure love it if he could stay healthy and finish strong this year.
If you've got something special left Junior, do it this year.
Do it now.