I went to the Orioles-Mariners game today, since I figured there was good chance it would be my last opportunity to see Ken Griffey Jr. play a big league game.
He's struggled all year, is barely hitting .200 with no power. He walked as a pinch hitter in his only plate appearance against Baltimore. The whole "clubhouse nap" controversy seems like much ado about very little.
I know the Mariners are reluctant to push him out the door, but he doesn't seem like he's ready to walk away on his own.
While at the game I couldn't help but notice that on the out-of-town scoreboard in right field, they left the Nationals' won-lost record off the board when they'd illuminate the evening matchups. Every other night game in both leagues listed each team's W-L mark, but for "WAS' at "COL" it listed only the Rockies' record, while the space next to "WAS" was blank.
It, perhaps, wouldn't have been so conspicuous if another team's record was also left blank, but no, just the Nationals. It was apparent there was no technical glitch. Did someone simply forget? They couldn't check the press notes that list both league's current standings? I don't get it.
Far be it for me to create a controversy over something like this, but it does seem a little odd, no?