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    Griffey's mother undergoing surgery; father also ill

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    ST. LOUIS -- Cincinnati Reds outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. is struggling at the plate -- hitting 51 points below his career batting average -- as both of his parents battle serious illnesses.

    Griffey's mother is undergoing colon cancer surgery on Thursday. Griffey will decide before the game against St. Louis whether he's in the Reds' starting lineup.


    "It's up to her," Griffey said in The Cincinnati Enquirer. "If she wants me [in the lineup], I'll be there."

    Griffey's mother is having surgery in Orlando, Fla. His father, former major leaguer Ken Griffey Sr., is suffering from prostate cancer. Griffey found out about his father's condition a week an a half ago.

    Griffey's parents are divorced.

    "Not one parent but both your parents," he said in The Enquirer. "It's been tough."

    Reds manager Jerry Narron said Griffey has given Griffey permission to leave the team if he wants.

    "I talked to him about taking Monday and Tuesday," Narron said. "He didn't want to do it. I think his mother doesn't want him to."

    Griffey is hitting .243 entering play on Thursday.

    "He wouldn't be human if it didn't affect him," Narron said.

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    Re: Griffey's mother undergoing surgery; father also ill

    how can you not struggle dealing with that. i think alot of people forget baseball players are human to. we(myself as well) ***** and moan when a player makes a out or error at a bad time. despite the money they make health problems know no salary. i wish his mom and dad a quick recovery.
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    Re: Griffey's mother undergoing surgery; father also ill

    I think he should have taken off to be with his mother for her surgery. If I was him thats wahat I would have done.

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    I've known the family for years and "Birdie" would want Ken to play. Having said that I wouldn't care WHAT my Mom said, I'd be there.
    It's absolutely pathetic that people can't have an opinion from actually watching games and supplementing that with stats. If you voice an opinion that doesn't fit into a black/white box you will get completely misrepresented and basically called a tobacco chewing traditionalist...
    Cedric 3/24/08

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    I will keep them in my prayers. Best wishes to his family.
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    Re: Griffey's mother undergoing surgery; father also ill

    Saw this in Hal McCoy's game notes...

    Griffey's good news

    Ken Griffey Jr., began Wednesday's game with a 14-game hitting streak and a smile on his face. He found out Tuesday that his mother, Bertie, is cancer-free and isn't likely to need chemotherapy after she underwent colon surgery August 15.

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    Re: Griffey's mother undergoing surgery; father also ill

    Quote Originally Posted by Roy Tucker View Post
    Saw this in Hal McCoy's game notes...

    Griffey's good news

    Ken Griffey Jr., began Wednesday's game with a 14-game hitting streak and a smile on his face. He found out Tuesday that his mother, Bertie, is cancer-free and isn't likely to need chemotherapy after she underwent colon surgery August 15.
    Great news!
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    Re: Griffey's mother undergoing surgery; father also ill

    Quote Originally Posted by cumberlandreds View Post
    Great news!

    Very Good news! Great lady. Ken is up next and should fare the same.
    It's absolutely pathetic that people can't have an opinion from actually watching games and supplementing that with stats. If you voice an opinion that doesn't fit into a black/white box you will get completely misrepresented and basically called a tobacco chewing traditionalist...
    Cedric 3/24/08


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