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Senior tried to stay connected to his son as much as possible, however. During spring training, Ken Jr. and Craig would go to Florida each year for special tutoring. Junior made frequent trips to New York, where his father would pitch him batting practice at Yankee Stadium. Even at age 12, Junior rarely struck out. "He threw curves, sliders, everything," Junior said. " After one Yankee game, which they lost, Junior was running around a corridor outside the clubhouse playing with several other sons of Yankee players.
By 1975, he was a starting outfielder for the "Big Red Machine," one of the most powerful teams in baseball history. With a lineup that included Hall of Famers Johnny Bench and Joe Morgan, all-time hits leader Pete Rose, and RBI machine Tony Perez, they won the World Series in 1975 and 1976. Griffey was a big part of the Big Red Machine, making the All-Star team in 1976, 1977 and 1980 and being named the game's MVP in 1980, when he went 2-for-3 with a home run. 336 and was the runnerup for the batting title.
Ken admitted the article forced him to soul-search about his goals. "It was a bad article, but it came out good because it made me think about the person I want to be and what I can accomplish in this game," he said. "My intensity is always there, but when I step in there, to the plate, maybe it doesn't always show. I want to be the best player I can be. " In 1994, New York Yankees manager Buck Showalter blasted Ken for "disrespecting" the game. In particular, he criticized Ken for not tucking in his jersey and for his trademark style of wearing his cap backwards during warmups.
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