June 22, 2021

The Baseball 100: No. 48, Ken Griffey Jr. (The Athletic)

Starting in December and ending on Opening Day, Joe Posnanski will count down the 100 greatest baseball players by publishing an essay on a player every day for 100 days. In all, this project will contain roughly as many words as “Moby Dick.” Yes, we know it’s nutty. We hope you enjoy. 

Every era, it seems to me, has a ballplayer who most perfectly captures the essence of cool. Cool is a moving target, of course; what’s cool in one generation is decidedly uncool in another. Even the words change — hip, groovy, daBomb.com, fire, outta sight, GOAT, baller, the bee’s knees — and they change so fast that the surest way to reveal yourself as old and out of touch is to use a word for cool that long ago lost its currency.*

*Spoken as the father of two teenage daughters who never hesitate to roll their eyes and say, “Nobody says THAT anymore.”

New ballplayers — like new musicians, new writers, new actors, new comedians…

Read “The Baseball 100: No. 48, Ken Griffey Jr.” at The Athletic