There is now a Facebook Fan page out calling for Larry Larue of
the Tacoma News Tribune to quit because of the story he wrote on
Ken Griffey Jr. It claims that “Larry LaRue was the mouth for two
unnamed Mariners players who decided to talk behind Ken Griffey
Jr.’s back through the media. Against better journalistic judegment
LaRue published the story.”
C’mon people…get a grip!
Larue is a 30-year plus veteran beat writer. He is extremely
well respected in the industry and the Mariners organization. He
doesn’t fabricate stories. He has an obligation to report what he
learns. He isn’t employed by the Mariners, nor is a shill for them.
The problem is inside the M’s clubhouse in a lot of areas.
1 – If Griffey were even producing like last year, this wouldn’t
be an issue. The reality is he’s not, and he’s looking worse as the
season goes on. As much as I wanted him back, I’m not so sure the
end is going to look as good as it would have last year.
2 – Two players talked. Larue didn’t hold a gun to their head to
say Griffey was in the clubhouse snoozing. What’s their purpose or
agenda for talking?
3 – Mike Sweeney is now trying to fight people. In the players
only meeting, Sweeney called out the snitches and offered to fight
them. No takers. What a shocker. Which led Sweeney to say the story
was fabricated. Wrong. I get the hunkering down in the clubhouse,
Yea, the Mariners got a much needed road win in Baltimore last
night. thanks mainly to the brilliance of Cliff Lee. Griffey went
0-3 and is now hitting .200 at the “designated hitter” spot.
Look, I’m a huge Ken Griffey Jr. fan. As far as I’m concerned,
he can ride out the year and hope for some sparks of glory the rest
of the way. However, that should be as a pinch hitter and
occasional DH. This team put it out there in picking up Lee to make
a run THIS year. This offensive lineup that includes Griffey won’t
get it done. It’s time to make some hard choices.
Let’s hope Trader Jack isn’t asleep in his office.
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