Did anyone see Griffey score those two runs on Thursday night against the Giants?
On one of them, he rounded third and knew it was going to be a close play and you could see him kick it into another gear. These days it is a gear he saves for key moments, not for running out plays that he will be out on 99.9% of the time. What is the point? His teamates know he is not loafing and I'm sure Narron would tell any complainers that if they go out and put together a HOF career, they'll get away with some things when they are 36.
It would be nice if he still played like Freel but he doesn't. He is older and he has been hurt a lot.
I saw all I needed to see out of Griff on Thursday night. When it really matters, he goes into high gear but he is not going to tear up his hamstring while he gets thrown out at first. At least he is going to try not to. I for one can't blame him for that. If he was trying to score from second on a single and was jogging the entire way, I'd have something to say.
Many loved Sean Casey because he never quit on a play. But on 99.9% of those plays, because of his speed, he had no chance to beat them out. Give him a couple of hamstring surgeries and see if he still goes all out trying to beat out a play he has little to no chance to beat.