Braves Fans, Blame Mays and Reynolds For Losing Griffey

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Just one day after the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that he was to sign with the Braves, Ken Griffey has decided to sign a one-year, $2 million deal with his old team in Seattle. Needless to say, Braves fans are stunned and saddened. If they're looking for someone to blame, who better than everybody's favorite grandpa, Willie Mays! M's beat writer Larry Stone reports:

(Harold) Reynolds had been acting all week as a liaison between the Mariners and Griffey, trying relentlessly to convince his buddy that Seattle was the place for him. And Mays was his ace in the hole.

"I called Willie, and he acted like an old friend,'" (Mariners team president Chuck) Armstrong said. "He talked about the importance of coming back, and asked if it would be an imposition if he called Junior and talked about it.

"I said, 'Willie, you're probably the greatest player ever, and the reason Junior wore No. 24.' I gave him Junior's phone number.''

New MLB Network hire and former Mariners second baseman Harold Reynolds had been acting as the go-between in the deal, trying his durndest to get Griff to come back to Seattle. Seems as though his own pleading was for naught but when he escalated the efforts to THE GREATEST LIVING BALLPLAYER (sorry, Hank), the deal was done. Armstrong claims that the most important word Mays used when speaking on the phone to Ken was "legacy," as if his return to Seattle would mean a great deal to the franchise and the fans.

But really, Braves fans shouldn't fret too much, despite losing yet another high-profile name in what has become a dark and cold winter in Atlanta. Griffey has little value for a National League team that is sans DH and has a pitching staff that needs to rely on slick fielding outfielders. And best of all, this still hasn't closed the door completely shut on Manny!


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8 Comments

Their pitching staff needs to rely on slick fielding outfielders and you think Manny is the solution?

Willie Mays just wants to pull an Oil Can Boyd for the Braves.

OK SO BEFORE EVERYBODY GOES AND LICKS THE BUNNY AS I LIKE TO SAY MAYBE WE SHOULD ALL STEP AWAY AND LOOK AT THE WAY THINGS ARE FOR EXAMPLE I AM STILL IN TOWN WHICH MEANS IT IS GONNA BE PARTY TIME ON OFFENSE. ALSO MY BABY BRO YUNEL IS COMING BACK AND EXCEPT FOR THAT ONE REAL BAD GAME HE HAD HE IS THE MAN WITH A PLAN. AND ON TOP OF IT IN CASE YOU DIDNT NOTICE WE GOT DEREK LOWE WHO WAS ONE OF THE BEST PITCHERS IN EVER HISTORY UP TO THIS POINT I MEAN HE WAS IN BOSTON... BOSTON BRAVES ATLANTA BRAVES THERES A COROLLA THERE SEE IF YOU GET IT. AND THE CHEESE ON THESE MEATBALLS IS THE NOTION THAT OUR DIVISION IS PRETTY WIDE OPEN I MEAN IM NOT TRYING TO GIVE OUT THUMBTACK MATERIAL HERE BUT THIS SEASON THE BRAVES WILL BE SCALPING THE BEARS IN THE NL EAST.

Touche, bc twins fan. Still, Manny's positive offensive numbers far outweigh his negative defensive miasma.

Yes I know, I just wanted to point that out.

We love you, CHIPPER JONES. Don't ever change.

Mr. Mays is the miracle man.
I wonder what his phone convo's with Bonds are like.

Stupid Sexy Seattle Signs Slugger for Swan Song.

and since when can chipper use BP and hyperlinks?

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