Junior's Mitchell statement
I tried to get a hold of Ken Griffey Jr. today -- he'd give me the keys to Aston Martin sooner than his cell number -- but failed. Griffey left a statement with his agent, Brian Goldberg:
"Obviously, it's unfortunate having those names attached to the report. But more importantly, going forward we need to do everything possible to restore and maintain the fans' confidence in the game and the players."
That's typical Griffey. He will never say: I was clean. That makes what I've done a lot more noteworthy than I'm given credit for.
"Besides staying away from this stuff," Goldberg said, "I'm proud that I've never once have I heard him say: If they hadn't done this, I would have been able to accomplish that. Just like I haven't heard him say: If I hadn't had all the injuries, I would have done this or that."
I haven't heard Griffey talk about what might have been either. And I and others haven't tried to get him to talk about it.
The temptation had to be there to cheat. Steroids and human growth hormone would have made it easier to come back from those injuries. You've got to give him credit for playing clean -- even if he won't ask for it.