For a decade, he and Barry Bonds went head to head as to who was the games greatest player... Bonds, whether rightly or wrongly, is forever
tainted by the stigma of steroids...where Griffey was never so much as mentioned in the same breathe as steroids, much less implicated.
Griffey, Jr.'s teammates in Seattle included Alex Rodriguez, David Segui, Shane Monahan, Glenallen Hill, Ryan Franklin, and Todd Williams—all
admitted steroid users. Former teammates such as Ron Villone, David Bell and Josias Manzanillo were named in the Mitchell report too. And then
there's rumored steroid abusers such as Brett Boone and Jay Buhner—again former teammates. So it's abundantly clear that steroids were widely
available in the Seattle clubhouse during the 1990's.
Griffey was also known to not like to talk about the subject (PED's). Ive heard it's because it pissed him off so much that 1-dimensional players
were turned into super-stars and surpassing his legend. But, Ive always wondered if there was more to this quietness on the subject. Its obvious that
he was able to acquire them (PED's) if he wanted, given the list of players above. Not to mention, he grew up in baseball dugouts. He grew up in the
era where Pete Rose, on his fathers team, used to abuse Amphetamines along with others (major problem in the 70-80's). Its stands to reason that
Griffey was at least knowledgeable of the fact these things were around and being used (PED's).
Its also interesting to note that Griffey was really, very durable for his first 11 years (missing half of '95 with a broken wrist). It wasn't until
he went to Cincinnati that he missed considerable time with nagging injuries. The types of injuries that could be caused by long-term steroid abuse?
It remains a question.
Remember, Griffey hasn't been implemented basically because he doesn't look like a user (bulky). But know this. A-Rod for one, used the good sh!t.
The real expensive sh!t. Primobolan its called. This is the kind of steroid that doesn't cause the muscles to retain water, which in turn doesn't
make the user look overly bulky or large, but while getting stronger, faster, recuperate quicker, etc... Its is at least a possibility that Griffey
was on some top of the line PED's without looking like a user.
Canseco said 70% of baseball was on PED's, and every year his story looks more reliable.
I love Griffey as much as the next fan. But, I also keep these facts in the back of my mind, incase the day he is implemented comes, I dont have to be