Darren Baker Cracks on Ken Griffey Jr.
It’s quite a reality check when even the manager’s kid rips on you. That’s how you know what people really think about you because nine-year-olds for the most part, just parrot what they hear around them. So when Griffey asked the youngster why he wasn’t in the lineup, Darren Baker offered this explanation:
“Because you can’t hit left-handers,” Darren said.
Griffey mentioned that he tied the single-season home run record with 21 in 1996 and tied it again in 1998.
“But you’re old now,” Darren said.
“How old am I? Griffey asked.
“You’re like 50,” Darren said.
Man, that’s gotta sting. I guess what goes around comes around, or something like that. What’s crazy though is how Ken Griffey Jr. was “The Kid” when he came up. Now he’s an aged veteran whose power is disappearing as rapidly as his waistline is growing. And seriously, that’s how I know I’m getting old: Ken Griffey Jr. is now a veteran. As for Darren, he may soon be running the Reds.