The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
 
People Who Say "Junior Griffey" Still Annoying To Baseball Fan
Originally posted 5/16/2005

Above: "Junior Griffey," as annoying people have been calling him since 1989
DENTON, TX - Lifelong baseball fan Dale Armbrister, 32, of Denton, Texas revealed this week that he is still annoyed by people who refer to Cincinnati Reds outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr. as "Junior Griffey." "It just doesn't make any sense," said Armbrister, repeating a complaint he's been making for the last sixteen years. "Have you ever heard anybody call Robert Downer, Jr. 'Junior Downey?' How about 'Junior Wendell Holmes?' It's just stupid."

"Yeah, Dale kind of let that drop the last few years," said Todd Armbrister, Dale's younger brother. "You haven't been hearing as much about Griffey, so there hasn't been much occasion for Dale to complain. But the other day there was some article on ESPN.com about the active 500-home run hitters, and they mentioned Bonds, Sosa, Palmeiro and 'Junior Griffey.' I thought, God, I'll be hearing from Dale about this. Sure enough, ten minutes later, I get an annoyed e-mail with a link to the article."

"I never thought about it," said Griffey Jr. when reached for comment. "I guess I've heard people say 'Junior Griffey' before. Yeah, that is pretty stupid and annoying when you think about it, isn't it."

"What a pointless thing to be worried about," said Ken Griffey, Sr., who, along with Griffey, Jr., became the first and only father-son combination to hit back-to-back home runs, a feat they accomplished while playing with the Seattle Mariners on September 14, 1990. "If it was me, I'd worry about whether his hamstring is going to blow out again. Actually, I should say 'when,' not 'whether.' Man, I must have done something wrong with that kid; Pete Rose, Jr. never had those kinds of injury problems."

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