Ken Griffey Jr of the grudge against the Yankees closes in on 40 years. It seems that if the Junior has not forgiven or forgotten.
Griffey says MLB Network a version of the reason why he has refused to join the Yankees during his career, and why he was motivated to do a lot of damage on the field. His comments were a part of the documentary, “Junior,” which was aired Sunday evening.
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He recounted an incident at Yankee Stadium in the early 1980s, which involved him; his father, Ken; Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and former third baseman of the Yankees Graig Nettles.
From this point, Junior said, the hatred built. (The elder Griffey played 4 1/2 seasons for the Yankees from 1982-86.)
“There are certain things that a father exercises in you as a kid that just sticks with you,” he said. And that (beat the Yankees) was one of them. “
Junior has already said that the former Yankees manager Billy Martin was a bad guy for wanting him and his brother Craig to not be near the Yankees’ clubhouse. There were also hard feelings more clubhouse drama involving the former Griffey when he played in New York.
In 2020, the update, it was Steinbrenner ordering him thrown out of the canoe, while the stinging Nettles, the son was allowed to take ground balls at third base.
Junior has been in the major leagues in 1989, a Seattle teen. Six years later, he was racing around the bases on Edgar Martinez’s double to score the series-victory against the Yankees and manager Buck Showalter (who would never disrespect the game by wearing his cap backwards) in the 1995 ALDS.
Griffey’s career numbers against the Yankees: 36 home runs, 102 rbis, a .311/.392/.595 slash line and 14 stolen bases in 133 regular season games. His numbers this series of five games in ’95 ALDS: five homers, a .391/.444/1.043 slash line and nine points scored.
He also had the fire to run up the outfield wall for that famous catch in the Bronx in the early ’90s.