Griffey presides over kangaroo court
Veteran enjoying first opportunity to wield the gavel
SEATTLE -- Yes, that was Ken Griffey Jr. sprinting down the hall of the Mariners' clubhouse prior to Sunday's game against the Tigers, and, yes, he was wearing a full black robe inscribed in Mariners font with the title "Judge Mo' Money."
For the first time in Griffey's legendary Major League career, he got to preside over a kangaroo court, and court was in session for at least a half-hour Sunday morning. Griffey wielded the gavel with pride, handing out what he estimated to be "at least 40 fines" to his teammates and other team officials for "transgressions" dating back to Spring Training.
Griffey never got to enjoy top billing in a kangaroo court during his Cincinnati days, he said, because Barry Larkin had seniority. But now, with the assistance of Mike Sweeney, he'll be enjoying this post.
Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu liked what he saw in Griffey's getup, too.
"I've been around the game a long time," Wakamatsu said. "I haven't seen anybody that fancy. It was pretty good. He was decked out. He had everything."
Wakamatsu also appreciates the levity the mock court brings.
"I think what we tried to do from Day 1 of Spring Training is just making sure that we stay together as a club," the manager said. "Not that I'm a big meeting guy, but I think that just interacting with one another, even outside the game, is important. Sweeney and Griffey and Adrian [Beltre] and [Jarrod] Washburn and all those guys have brought this club closer together."
Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.