Ken Griffey Jr. Would Rather Be Sleeping Than Talking to ESPN

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Ken Griffey Jr., fifth all time on the Major League Baseball home run list, surefire Hall of Fame outfielder, and Upper Deck trading card company promotional minion, was probably having a bad day when he appeared on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” to talk with Linda Cohn about things. Specifically, to talk about Upper Deck’s 25th anniversary. At least, that was the idea.

Griffey, looking like someone had given him a parking ticket before slashing his tires and pouring sugar in his gas tank, was dour in his conversation with Cohn, an attitude and aura made doubly brutal by Cohn’s relentlessly chipper tone and upbeat demeanor. The reporter, who began the interview by talking about how she used to cover Griffey in Seattle before coming to work at Bristol, refused to stop smiling. Ever. In the two minutes of interview highlights, Cohn put on a master class of how to push through an interview when you’re live on the air and your subject isn’t co-operating.

Junior, who (allegedly) once called ESPN to complain about the amount of time the network spent covering Jim Edmonds, then an outfielder with the St. Louis Cardinals — a team that recently dominated national headlines with its postseason run, which culminated in a World Series loss to the Red Sox, and has an emphasis on the “Cardinal Way,” a grating throwback to cornball cheese that caused its own fans to call for a cease and desist – would later take to Instagram and apologize.

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