Ichiro: Griffey’s friendship is “close to a miracle.”
That’s where you’ll find Ken Griffey Jr. “messing with” Ichiro — roughhousing with him, criticizing his emo-wear — making him feel part of the team.
“This is the happiest I’ve seen Ichiro since 2001,” trainer Rick Griffin tells Stone.
Ichiro sounds like he’s about to give Junior a Nobel Peace Prize.
“It’s fun to come to the clubhouse every day and just watch him, listen to him. He’s like a different creature than the rest of us. It’s like he’s from a different planet. … That’s what we’ve been missing here, that’s the hole he’s filled, that’s what he does. He brings a team together just by being himself.”
As as for what Griffey has meant to him — it seems incalculable.
“I always thought opening my heart would be close to impossible in baseball with so many differences between me and other players. It’s been close to a miracle with Junior. We have a special relationship – something I’ve never had before.”
I guess we can’t assess the meaning of the Griffey signing merely on his own meager contributions to the offense — give him 15 of Ichiro’s hits and suddenly it looks like a pretty good deal.
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