Ken Griffey Jr. revealed he had a grudge against the New York Yankees within the documentary “Junior,” which aired on the MLB Community on Sunday evening.
The previous Seattle Mariners star detailed an incident with then-Yankees proprietor George Steinbrenner when he was youthful and visiting his father Ken Griffey Sr. earlier than a sport.
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“I came up to visit my dad and it was just me and him. I got to the ballpark early and I’m sitting in the dugout and the security guard comes over and says, ‘[Then-Yankees owner George Steinbrenner] doesn’t want anyone in the dugout.’ My dad was like, ‘What? He’s my son.’ So he goes, ‘Alright, hey go in my locker. But before you go, look at third base.’ It’s Graig Nettles’ son taking ground balls at third base,” Griffey Jr. stated.
“And at the moment, my dad was 38 years outdated, he is like, ‘I ain’t combating this no extra. I received someone a bit of youthful. And a bit of bit higher.’
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“There’s certain things a dad drills into you as a kid that just sticks with you. And [to beat the Yankees] was one of them.”
In keeping with Newsday, the incident occurred in 1983 and it was then-manager Billy Martin and never Steinbrenner who didn’t need anybody within the dugout earlier than video games.
Griffey Sr. later revealed in 2014 that Martin had a crew official strategy him and advised him that his two youngsters had been being too noisy.
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In his profession against the Yankees, Griffey Jr. batted .311 with a .987 OPS and 36 house runs. The Corridor of Famer completed his profession with 630 house runs, 10 Gold Gloves, an American League MVP Award and 13 All-Star picks.