From the same company that released the amazing Bo Jackson comic that we looked at during the blogathon, I had high hopes for this one. It didn’t disappoint.
Starting with Jr. following his father to the Cincinnati clubhouse as a kid, we meet Pete Rose’s kid who, when paired with his already bad haircut, is in for a rude awakening as an adult:
That’s why you don’t brag, asshole. Because you’ll look like a real idiot 30 years in the future.
Later, when Ken Griffey Sr becomes a Yankee, Ken Griffey Jr is kicked out of the clubhouse for being too damn rambunctious. It’s where his sick desire for vengeance against the Yankees is born.
Never forget, Jr, Never forget.
Continuing to improve exponentially as he ages, the comic then takes a dark turn when Junior is 16 years old and on a travel baseball team:
Oh thank god. Maybe it’s just society, but I did not see the scene ending this way.
Fortunately, after escaping his childhood unharmed, Junior becomes a minor league phenom. Despite being a professional ballplayer, Junior is still unable to hit when his father is in the stands. He finally breaks through with the hardest hit bunt in the history of the sport:
Using that bunt as a launching pad to success and the Major Leagues, Ken Griffey Jr gets to play against his idol, Rickey Henderson, who was the inspiration for wearing the number 24. After robbing Henderson of a hit in a losing effort, Henderson proves that he is nothing if not a product of the 90s:
“Too bad your team lost anyways…not.” Real smooth, Rick.
Of course, because every third sentence out of Griffey’s mouth is about his personal vendetta against the Yankees, he derails the conversation with a rage-filled rant about his grudge against the Yankees. Sadly, we don’t see Rickey awkwardly try and sneak out of the conversation.
The comic soon gets extremely in depth when the Mariners consider trading for Ken Griffey Sr. For hot stove lovers, it’s a rare sneak peek into how front office decisions are made. Needless to say, Moneyball got it wrong:
And what did Ken Griffey Jr’s passion lead to? Only one of the coolest moments in sports etched in pencil for all eternity.
Sadly, the comic came out early in Ken’s career, so we never do get to see detailed drawings of his torn and mangled hamstrings. I’m not positive, but that might be a good thing.
This comic is one of the prizes to be raffled to anyone that donated to Doctors Without Borders. If you want to help an amazing organization and read this for yourself, donate here.