Thursday, April 29, 2010

Reasons to vote for Junior - #3 "The Swing"

For any type sports fan it is common knowledge that hitting a baseball throw by a major league pitcher is the hardest accomplishment in sports. From hackers to bunters to "I’m just going to swing and hope for the best" ballplayers, no one has had a swing like Junior. From his first major league at bat to today many believe that Junior’s swing is among the greatest the game has ever seen, if not the all-time greatest baseball swing.

Juniors swing is silky smooth and looks so effortless. As many of you know, Junior is and was not as muscular or burly as some major league sluggers. Unlike the likes of Jim Thome and Frank Thomas that used body weight and muscle mass to drive the ball over the fence, Griffey’s approach to slugging is with a technical, but elegant, swing. In a ESPN The Magazine article Griffey was asked if he lifted weights, his response was , "I don't do any upper body stuff. I believe hitting home runs is more about technique, about leverage."

Larry Walker, Colorado Rockies all-time great right fielder, once commented on Griffey’s swing saying, "He has the greatest swing from the left side I've ever seen. When I watch Griffey, it's amazing how he can get out on his front foot, look off balance but he's not and his hands are still back, and he keeps them back until he wants to bring them through, and then he hits a ball 450 feet. Every swing looks the same. Really, there are no bad swings."

Here is a list of what others have said about "The Swing":

• "It’s always majestic." Don Wakamatsu, current Mariners manager link

• "I believe Junior's swing is perfect, I really do." Edgar Martinez, former Mariners designated hitter link

• "Griffey always had the most beautiful swing in all of baseball." Torii Hunter, current Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim center fielder link

• It's so good rappers are singing about it.

If you like to cut corners in life then just settle on watching a mediocre reenactment of Junior’s swing by the Batting Stance Guy. If you want to see the real deal then vote for Junior!

No matter if your one believes how great "The Swing" was or is, just think how great it would be getting a glimpse of Junior’s swing at the 2010 MLB All-Star Game in Anaheim, CA on July 13. Let’s all let the youth of today and ourselves enjoy one last center stage showing of the greatest swing there ever was.

Vote for Junior

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Reasons to vote for Junior - #2 Bring back the cap

We trust that we aren't the only ones who are upset with the current state of the backwards cap.  When it was first introduced, the backwards cap was a fun, youthful addition to a wardrobe.  Now, however, things have taken a turn for the worse.  We wish it we could say that it was just going quietly going out of style.  Instead, without Griffey's leadership, the backwards cap has been heavily abused and is nowhere near its original spirit.


1. The "Epidemic." - The version we see all too often.


2. The "oh-look-at-me-I'm-so-goofy" look. - Nice, but abused.

3. The "It's just not for you" look. - We like Obama, but the backwards cap isn't for everyone.

4. The "I never know when it's the right time" look.

5. The Kid.

Griffey - Please come back into the national spotlight.  The country needs you.


Monday, April 26, 2010

Reasons to vote for Junior - #1 Nostalgia, etc.

So.  This is the beginning of a three-month series that we're going to creatively call, "Reasons to vote for Junior." These are in no particular order but they are all reasons that we're votingand that YOU should vote for Junior.

Here's #1. Let's get this one out of the way.

Nostalgia, etc.
Griffey is now playing his 22nd season in the Majors. All signs are pointing towards this year being his lasthis stats have become Ortiz-esque, Seattle is still a few years away from being a true contender, he's 40 years old (forty!), it's unlikely that Seattle will re-sign him at the end of the year, he is still very injury-prone, he can only play for an AL team, he's unlikely to accept a bench role, etc.

There has been much written about how superstars often "tarnish their legacies" when they decide to leave the game only when they can contribute absolutely no more. We at Vote24Junior tend to disagree strongly with this notionwhether it's Jordan, Gary Payton, Pedro Martinez, or Junior we believe that these guys should play as long as they want and not care about what's happening to their "legacies."

That being said, we do feel that all this time spent on the decline has made the public forget just how good Junior was.

10 Gold gloves (t-3rd among OF)
630 Home runs (5th all time)
Member of the All-Century team (1999)
1833 career RBI (15th all time)
1307 walks (37th all time)
.910 career OPS (55th all time)
13 All-Star Games
7 Silver Sluggers
1997 MVP

Obviously, we could go on. But do casual baseball fans born after, say, 1993 even know who he is? We have serious doubts. If nothing else, getting Junior to the All-Star Game will remind people just how effing great he was.

We know that the value of nostalgia is something that's almost impossible to quantify, so we won't even try. But, man, how great would it be to see Junior on one of baseball's biggest stages one more time?


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Griffey vs. Ripken

I know the comparison is obvious, but I think it would be a good idea to go over some details for those who don't support the Vote-for-Junior movement.

Here are Cal's pre-ASG stats in 2001, his final year with the O's:
Obviously, nothing overwhelming there. It's too bad that he wasn't putting up great (even good) stats in his final year, but in spite of those numbers, the fans rewarded him for such a terrific career by making him an ASG starter one last time.

Here are Griffey's pre-ASG stats from last year (it's probably fair to assume that he'll put up similar numbers this year):

I know that they played different positions, can't just compare numbers, etc.  But, the fact remains: the public was more than willing to send Ripken to the game AND Ripken wasn't having as good of a season as Griffey had last year/will likely have this year.

Then, there's this:

Leaving your Chan Ho Park conspiracy theories aside, I think it is hard to come across many who don't believe that this was one of the greatest moments in All-Star Game history. Don't we want to create another opportunity for a moment like this?

We aren't trying to set some kind of an every-former-star-in-his-last-season-should-be-elected-to-the-All-Star-Game precedent. In fact, we aren't even trying to set an every-former-SUPERstar-in-his-last-season precedent. We're more aiming for a one-of-The-Greatest-Players-Of-All-Time-in-his-last-season precedent. Watch that video again. Let's give Junior a shot at one more moment. We did it for Cal, let's do it for Junior.


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Griffey the DH

Okay, so big difference this year: we are not trying to get our boy into the AL's outfield. He's listed on the ballot as a DH (thanks to the game being played in Anaheim). Despite there only being one spot, instead of three, I think this is going to turn out to be an advantage for Junior. However, he certainly will have competition.

Junior's Main Opponents:

1. David Ortiz - It just doesn't really matter how poorly he plays or how little playing time he gets. He will have to be reckoned with in the voting.

2. Hideki Matsui - Obviously, being a former Yankee, lots of name recognition here. That, combined with the fact that he's a great player and putting together a very nice season (though early) in a pretty sizable market are going to make him a tough competitor.

3. Adam Lind - Great season so far this year and a terrific season last year. Probably "deserves" it from statistical standpoint, but here at, we're not exactly subscribers to the theory that one should get elected to the MLB ASG based on this season's performance.

4. Nick Johnson - Plays for the Yankees.

5. Vlad Guerrero - Former superstar is going to put up significant stats this year in Texas. Don't sleep on Vlad.

Under NO circumstances are you to throw a pity vote towards one of the aforementioned men. If you want to congratulate them on a good season, feel free to do so in the 2011 MLB ASG voting.

Voting is open! Go do your thing!


Monday, April 19, 2010

The Importance of Voting Early

Voting starts TOMORROW. Tomorrow! Just like last year, you can vote up to 25 times.

So why is it important to vote early for Kenneth? Thanks for asking. Press releases of the vote leaders are released every week by MLB. If KGJ is not among the top outfielders in the AL after the first few weeks, our friends in the media will likely forget about one of the Greatest Hitters of All Time and he will have a very hard time catching up in later weeks. It's sad, but The People need to be reminded of this man! True, approximately 80% of the votes come in the last two weeks of voting, but we need all the help we can get. So, Goal #1: get Grif a mention in the first MLB press release. Sound good? Sound feasible? I think yes.

Friday, April 16, 2010

To Start

Well, it's only April 16th and the MLB All-Star Game voting won't start for another week or so, but here's a quick summary of this blog's purpose.


1. Vote Ken Griffey, Jr. into the AL's starting lineup for the 2010 MLB All-Star Game in Anaheim, CA.

2. Once that happens, get him back in the Home Run Derby.

And that's it. More to come later. Let's make this happen.