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Someone wake up the pinch-hitter

Question: Who needs a double-latte from Starbucks more than Ken Griffey Jr.?

Answer: Apparently no one.

 Just in time for the Orioles' three-game series with the Seattle Mariners that starts tonight at Camden Yards comes word that the aging M's superstar was asleep in the clubhouse during a recent game when he was needed as a pinch-hitter.

Don Wakamatsu, the Mariners manager, reportedly was vague about the incident last week when asked why he didn't use Griffey to pinch-hit for Rob Johnson late in a game.

But according to a blog by Larry LaRue in the Tacoma News-Tribune, two young Mariners players, who asked not to be named, confirmed Griffey was asleep in the chair in front of his locker when Wakamatsu needed another bat.

Griffey is said to have had sleep issues for years, and reportedly doesn't sleep well at night when he's away from his family.

With no home runs this season and just five RBIs, Griffey's bat is apparently sleeping more soundly than he is.

Speaking of sleeping bats, there have been no confirmed reports thus far of any Orioles hitters being asleep in the clubhouse when they were needed to pinch-hit.

On the other hand, the season is still young...

Comments

Most of the Orioles take naps while in the batter's box.

Kevin....I played minor league ball for 5 years. I could not count how many times players went into the clubhouses to eat, take a 15 nap, play cards and all of this during the games.

This was in crappy minor league complexes the size of dressing rooms and I could not even fathom how much is done inside the large cathedrals in the Major league clubhouses.

Maybe DT should require all the baby birds to take naps in front of their lockers before game time. Maybe then they'll be "extra fresh" and ready to stop chasing so many bad pitches!!!!

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