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    Re: JR Welcome home in Seattle

    Quote Originally Posted by top6 View Post
    Well, I have to be honest I found the whole thing disturbing. I turned on the TV at 9:50 or so, hoping to catch pregame and JR's first at bat - which I assumed would be accompanied by a long standing ovation. Instead, I see Griffey giving a speech - just minutes before the game is supposed to start. That speech included what appeared to be a pep talk to the current Mariners - in other words, THE TEAM THE REDS WERE SUPPOSED TO BEAT. I really didn't like it at all; I guess I just thought he would bat and they would clap and it would be cool. It just seems to be me like he will have plenty of chances to give speeches after he retires, and doing so right before a game just sort of rubbed me the wrong way.

    I like Jr., but that sort of turned me off. I know the Reds' season is over, but I still want them to win, and more importantly I want them to want to win - and part of that is not giving encouragement to the other team right before a game.

    I'm not a Jr. basher, and I like him, but I didn't think this was handled well. Anyone else fee the same way?
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    Re: JR Welcome home in Seattle

    Quote Originally Posted by HumnHilghtFreel View Post
    Thank you for that link.
    Wow. Seattle really showed some class.
    Junior wears a Mariner cap when he goes into the HOF.
    Wow.
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    Re: JR Welcome home in Seattle

    Quote Originally Posted by GAC View Post
    He was never our savior.

    Just think - if it wasn't for the Jr trade, which brought so many M fans over to the then Cincy Talk forum, inwhich they caused a lot of trouble, Redszone may have never came into existence.

    But the guy put the Mariners on the map, so to speak. I can fully understand the love and appreciation that Seattle has for him. He spent 11 years (his best years) with them. I think anytime a team (city) loses a player the calibre of a Griffey, and one that is well loved - which is why Pittsburgh doesn't miss Bonds - they will always hold a place in their hearts for that player. I don't care what team it is either.

    It may have been somewhat different if Jr had stayed in the AL where he would have made frequent returns to Seattle. But moving over to the NL like he did made this return somewhat special to the M fans.

    I wonder how they feel whenever ARod comes to Seattle?

    I think when it comes to the Cincy fan, it has been more [bfrustration[/b] (not hatred or resentment) over Jr's many injuries. And I don't think anyone was anymore frustrated then Jr himself. The guy got hurt playing hard and giving his all. I still remember his first injury, as he was was charging around 3B trying to score.

    But I am glad that I have had many opportunities (as well as my kids) to see one of the greatest ballplayers ever to step on the field.

    And I agree Marty - he should go into the HOF as a Mariner IMO.
    Well, shoot GAC - I should have read this before going ballastic on WV on the game thread... You said it much better than me... Here's my take:

    I saw the reception in Seattle and wondered what a former co-worker (deceased) would have thought about it... He passed away in 2002 but one day in March 2000 he wore a Seahawks jacket into work. I asked him where he got that and he told me he lived in Seattle for 10 years. Then I asked him about what he thought about Junior coming to the Reds. He asked me what I thought. Told him that I was pretty neutral - I knew who he was, saw the web-gems but other than that not much-not much of a American League fan. So I asked again... he told me that Junior was the most incredible player that he ever saw play the game and he was the only reason that you went to a ballgame in Seattle. In the next two years before his death he would remind me that because of the injuries you were not seeing the real Junior - that once healthy he'll blow you away. After his death I would get a glimpse of what Junior was in Seattle and think of Pat looking down from the heavens and smiling.

    Mariner fans saw a young Junior (the "Kid")... sort of like Elvis fans seeing him so young and a force to be reckoned with. Junior also left on pretty good terms and his reasons were legit for leaving the NW (ST close to family, coming home, etc.) - and because of being in the NL and changed interleague schedules this is his first trip back. There might also be a symphatic (sp?) side to this with all his injuries and age that the Seattle fans feel. What about the fact that more fans (not just Seattle fans) appreciate Junior more because of the steriod scandals marring other players. Another factor would be because of his injuries and loss production he hasn't been all that successfull in Cincinnati...Have they treated A-Rod and Johnson well when they have come back? Junior will go into the HOF as a Mariner (as it should be).
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    Re: JR Welcome home in Seattle

    Just think - if it wasn't for the Jr trade, which brought so many M fans over to the then Cincy Talk forum, inwhich they caused a lot of trouble, Redszone may have never came into existence.
    So true! I wonder if Gally, tick-tock and KayJay were in attendance last night??? (Actually KayJay wasn't too bad)...
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    Re: JR Welcome home in Seattle

    Quote Originally Posted by KittyDuran View Post
    I saw the reception in Seattle and wondered what a former co-worker (deceased) would have thought about it... He passed away in 2002 but one day in March 2000 he wore a Seahawks jacket into work. I asked him where he got that and he told me he lived in Seattle for 10 years. Then I asked him about what he thought about Junior coming to the Reds. He asked me what I thought. Told him that I was pretty neutral - I knew who he was, saw the web-gems but other than that not much-not much of a American League fan. So I asked again... he told me that Junior was the most incredible player that he ever saw play the game and he was the only reason that you went to a ballgame in Seattle. In the next two years before his death he would remind me that because of the injuries you were not seeing the real Junior - that once healthy he'll blow you away. After his death I would get a glimpse of what Junior was in Seattle and think of Pat looking down from the heavens and smiling.

    Mariner fans saw a young Junior (the "Kid")... sort of like Elvis fans seeing him so young and a force to be reckoned with.
    We got the Elvis in Vegas version.

    But what you're saying is absolutely correct. I'm not going to begrudge any Seattle fan for wanting to show their love and appreciation for a guy that brought so much to Seattle.

    I grew up a Rose fan since the day he stepped onto the baseball field. Regardless of his personal trials/problems, I look forward to the day (and I'll be there) when the Reds can have him on that field and fans can show their appreciation to Pete Rose the ballplayer, not the imperfect human.
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    Re: JR Welcome home in Seattle

    Quote Originally Posted by KittyDuran View Post
    So true! I wonder if Gally, tick-tock and KayJay were in attendance last night??? (Actually KayJay wasn't too bad)...
    kapaloosa!

    I still remember the text picture that either rem or rfs put up referencing a female body part. Boy did she get upset!
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    Re: JR Welcome home in Seattle

    Quote Originally Posted by GAC View Post
    kapaloosa!

    I still remember the text picture that either rem or rfs put up referencing a female body part. Boy did she get upset!
    I thought she used that as her avatar at one point?
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    Re: JR Welcome home in Seattle

    Quote Originally Posted by KittyDuran View Post
    I thought she used that as her avatar at one point?
    We're obviously not thinking of the same image.
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    Re: JR Welcome home in Seattle

    Quote Originally Posted by GAC View Post
    kapaloosa!

    I still remember the text picture that either rem or rfs put up referencing a female body part. Boy did she get upset!
    This is what happens when you type "kapaloosa" into Google...

    There once was an old horse named Kap
    who talked just to hear her lips flap
    when her hero left town
    she proclaimed with a frown
    "to Cincy I must take my crap"

    She enlisted her favorite pally
    a girly man we know as Gally
    You could hear them both say
    "how did Griff do today"
    as they tried to pick fights in the alley

    Now she comes here a wolf in sheep's clothing
    brings for Junior her hate and her loathing
    but she messed with a man
    who can kick her big can
    our Red Roser just gave her a hosing.

    Now the streets of our Redszone are free
    for sick poets like TC and me
    and if the old nag don't like it
    she can pack up and hike it
    back to Seattle, where her "enlightened approach" is much more appreciated....
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    Re: JR Welcome home in Seattle

    Quote Originally Posted by GAC View Post
    We're obviously not thinking of the same image.
    OBVIOUSLY... She had a pen drawing of her (with a rather large rear) as an avatar once. It was done in the same style as TeamCasey's avatar as an angel...

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    I can't beleive you found that!

    His homecoming was spectacular. He did say how much he missed Seattle in his speech. A wonderful reception for him.

    How about that game!? I nodded off when it was 9-1. The west coast games kill me. I was shocked to see 16-1 this morning.
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    Re: JR Welcome home in Seattle

    Quote Originally Posted by KittyDuran View Post
    This is what happens when you type "kapaloosa" into Google...
    Oh man! I can't believe when you put that in Google, that is what comes up.

    Good ol' rfs62!
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    Re: JR Welcome home in Seattle

    Quote Originally Posted by KittyDuran View Post
    OBVIOUSLY... She had a pen drawing of her (with a rather large rear) as an avatar once. It was done in the same style as TeamCasey's avatar as an angel...

    OK... I found an old thread in the archives that said rem made the sketch. She is listed in RedsZone as Blondini and last posted in December 2006 (she joined in 4/00).
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    Re: JR Welcome home in Seattle

    What a great ceremony. Brought tears to my eyes.

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    Re: JR Welcome home in Seattle

    Quote Originally Posted by letsgojunior View Post
    What a great ceremony. Brought tears to my eyes.
    It's was unreal in person.

    The video tribute was just unreal...I don't think they've ever had the volume that loud. The crowd was standing and cheering through it all, before Griff even showed up.
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