Jeff Pearlman found another revelation, which demonstrates yet again Barry Bonds' narcissistic attitude. Bonds told Ken Griffey, Jr. at a dinner after the 1998 season, "You know what. I had a helluva season last year and nobody gave a crap. Nobody. As much as I've complained about McGwire and Canseco and all of the bull with steroids, I'm tired of fighting it. I turn 35 this year. I've got three or four good seasons left, and I wanna get paid. I'M JUST GOING TO START USING SOME HARD-CORE STUFF and hopefully it won't hurt my body. Then, I'll get out of the game and be done with it."
According to several witnesses, Griffey said, "When I'm retired, I want them to at least be able to say, there's no question in our minds that he did it the right way. I have kids. I don't want them to think their dad's a cheater."
Without a doubt, Ken Griffey, Jr. is a class act and personifies what good sportsmanship is all about. He even refused a big money offer from the Yankees and signed with his hometown team for much less. Griffey is a true Hall of Famer all the way and Cooperstown shouldn't hesitate to take him once he is eligible.
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