*If the old adage about heroes not living up to the hype in real life is true, then Ken Griffey, Jr. passed with flying colors Wednesday during an interview on ESPN’s SportsCenter.
The future Hall of Famer seemed to be totally disinterested as he laced his interview with one-word answers for veteran broadcaster Linda Cohn, who immediately cut short the segment once she noticed Griffey’s declining attention span.
Griffey’s SportsCenter interview comes as baseball card maker Upper Deck celebrates its 25th anniversary and teams are in the midst of spring training for MLB’s 2014 season.
Baseball cards may not have been the best topic to broach with Griffey, who told Cohn that he only possessed a baseball card of his father while growing up because that was “the only player he knew.” Griffey’s cold shoulder continued when asked about which player resembled his playing style from ESPN’s fan Twitter feed. The 13-time All-Star simply responded with “McCutchen,” a reference to Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
The “McCutchen” answer proved to be a winner for Griffey, who answered his next question with the athlete’s last name. Despite the cold back and forth, Cohn reminisced for a bit as she excitedly stated how she used to cover Griffey early in her career in Seattle.
Griffey apparently realized how he acted during the interview and proceeded to repair the damage done. Cohn took to Twitter shortly after the Griffey interview to reveal that she just finished speaking to the baseball star.
“Just got off phone w Ken Griffey Jr,” Cohn tweeted. “He apologized sincerely for how he came across in @SportsCenter int. I accepted his apology.”
To see Cohn’s interview with Ken Griffey, click on the video below.