Sunday, August 03, 2008
It was definitely an odd move at the time, and seemed out of Griffey's character, but in the wake of his trade he has issued a statement on the matter. Sports Illustrated has the quote....
"I really do understand that the overwhelming majority of fans wanted so badly for me to succeed," Griffey said. "Additionally, I would like to sincerely apologize to those fans offended by my wrongful actions last Saturday night. It was an overreaction on my part to what I felt was a series of public, inaccurate and unfair remarks about me."That's more like the Griffy we know. I personally think it was time that someone said something to Brantley, but this was obviously not the way. The Reds should be proud to have had the HOFer on their team for so long, and while it's a shame that he went out that way, it shouldn't change how fans ultimately feel about him. Hopefully we get to see him in at least one more playoff run before the end of his career now.
"While my nine seasons there were filled with personal highlights -- like hitting my 400th, 500th and 600th home runs in a Reds uniform -- and the negatives of having to fight through too many injuries, my biggest regret is that we were not able to win a world championship while I was there," Griffey said.
Griffey thanks Reds fans for support, issues apology for gesture (SI)
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