WE KNOW KEN GRIFFEY JR. has
a classic, uppercut swing, balky
hamstrings and 570 mighty home runs.
We didn't know about his sense of humor.
On Friday night at Dodger Stadium, Griffey was being ridden by a fan seated behind the Reds' dugout identified by the Cincinnati Post as Matt Schafer, 25.
The Post reported that Schafer wrote on his
MySpace page: "I was going to try and get in Ken Griffey Jr.'s head a little bit. He had to walk right by us to get to the dugout and I just couldn't help myself.
"So I started with the basics: 'You suck . . . shouldn't you be on the DL . . . too old for center . . . ' that kind of stuff."
Griffey didn't get grumpy. He played along.
"He was just on me every time I came in," Griffey said. "Him being a little larger than
normal, I just asked, 'Shouldn't you be
wearing a support bra?' "
In the sixth inning, Griffey had someone in the Reds' clubhouse dig up the largest athletic supporter they could find. Someone wrote
the number "3" and "JR" on the waistband. Griffey put the jock in a paper bag and tossed it to Schafer, a musician from San Pedro, Calif.
Schafer took out the jock and twirled it on his finger, laughing and enjoying the joke,
even if it was on him.
"When Griffey came back in, I told him I
was sorry about what [I] said about his mom and that I wanted to make up," Schafer wrote on his MySpace page.
"He shot me a grin. When he came out in
the eighth, he shot me another smile and I told him he still has the greatest swing in baseball.
"I hope he heard me, I think he did. I love Griffey."
We, of course, don't endorse such potentially dangerous interaction between fans and athletes in the arena. We do applaud Griffey for his cleverness and his character. He is a funny guy. *
- Chuck Bausman