Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez tied Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth place on Major League Baseball's all-time home run list, belting his 630th homer leading off the third inning of Friday's home opener against the Angels.
Ken Griffey Sr. said Friday in a telephone interview with The Associated Press that his son "sounds very happy" and relieved with his decision to abruptly walk away from baseball in the middle of his 22nd season.
The End Game is a scary, unrelenting beast. Especially to players who have been among the best in their sport. It's the athlete's ultimate reality check, when he (or she) must begin to admit that playing is no longer feasible.
The report that Ken Griffey Jr. was sleeping in the Seattle Mariners clubhouse during a game continued to make waves on Tuesday, as the team's players called a clubhouse meeting and stopped talking to the newspaper that published the report.