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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Friday, April 13, 2007

Junior v. Writer (not me)

Ken Griffey Jr. got into a bit of a confrontation with a writer in the visitors' clubhouse at Wrigley.

Griffey was talking to a Nike rep when Buzz Bissinger, author of "Friday Night Lights", came up and asked for a few minutes. Bissinger is working on something for the New York Times.

Griffey said he was having a conversation. Bissinger said he only had 20 minutes. Griffey basically said too bad. Bissinger said "you're not worth it" or words to that effect and walked away.

Griffey followed him and said some not so nice things. "You disrespected me," was all I heard clearly.

The whole thing was over in a minute or two.

I've got to side with Griffey here. Clubhouse protocol is that players are available, but at their leisure. If I wanted to talk to Griffey, I would have waited until he was free. He may or may not have talked to me. But all would have been civil.


at 1:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the scoop. It's nice to get some inside juice.

Griffey is such a little diva.

at 1:41 PM Blogger Laura said...

I agree - that writer was out of line.

at 1:42 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who the heck is Buzz Bissinger? Sounds like a porn star name.

at 1:58 PM Blogger Colin said...

this is exactly the kind of information you will never get reading newspapers alone (because it isn't quite enough to make a whole story). this is perfect blog material that we (those of us who will never have the opportunity to be in the presence of MLB players) LOVE to hear about. keep up the solid work.

at 1:59 PM Blogger JimmyD said...

this writer isn't very professional. You have to wait for the player to be available. If it's your job to get the quote, you get the quote. You don't say, I only have 20 minutes. That's his problem not Griffey's. Now, Griff could've handled it better and he does seem to be a little bit of a primadonna, but I think the writer was out of line here.

at 2:31 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to side with Jr. He could have maybe handled the situation a little better but it is extremely rude to interrupt two people in a conversation.

Buzz Bissinger obviously thinks he is better than anyone in that clubhouse and people should drop what they are doing to talk to him because he is with "the New York Times"

If Jr. "isn't worth it" then why did he want to talk to him anyway.

at 2:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey John, What's the wind like at Wrigley today, we can't seem to find the field conditions online.


at 2:55 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Flags aren't moving at all right now. Was blowing right-left earlier, then in. I watched two rounds of BP with Dunn, Hamilton and Griffey. I saw one ball leave the park.

at 2:57 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Writer was out of line, and while it's true that Jr. could have handled it better, it's probably not the first time someone's interrupted him mid-conversation. It probably gets old.

at 3:33 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

How could Jr. have handled it better? I don't see anything wrong with the way he handled it. It's rude to interrupt someone's conversation, and even ruder to then cop an attitude about it.

It's too bad that the elitist fans in Cincinnati will never give Griffey a fair shake. Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

at 3:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Typical Egotistical baby Ken Griffey....more interested in making money by talking to Nike than talking to the fans that pay his lazy butt....Countdown to a Griffey-less Cincinnati now at less than two years!!!!

at 4:13 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

How could Jr. have handled it better?

Just let him walk away, don't follow him and "say some not so nice things".

at 7:39 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Typical Egotistical baby Ken Griffey....more interested in making money by talking to Nike than talking to the fans that pay his lazy butt....Countdown to a Griffey-less Cincinnati now at less than two years!!!!

The writer of Friday Night Lights is a "fan that pays his lazy butt?" Try again.....The Bank President already said Bissinger was doing a piece for the NY Times....Jr. Wins in this case

at 8:04 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too bad Rob Dibble wasnt the one rudly interrupted by this "new york times reporter". He would have shown everyone how to hadle the situation in the wrong way. Just ask Lou! Jr. deserves more respect than that.

at 1:03 AM Blogger Pat said...

It doesn't matter who was talking. You don't interrupt a conversation and if you do you take the first answer for the final answer.

Arizona Reds Fan

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