Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Piazza related on Cooperstown’s links, too

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COOPERSTOWN — Aside from carrying been good turn players who perpetually will be related by entering a Hall of Fame together this year, Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza have one thing unequivocally essentially in common. They both positively adore to play golf.

Both played in a Hall of Fame Invitational Saturday morning, a tradition that reportedly began with an heated compare between Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb during a initial induction. In a way, a contest is an indoctrination. For a soon-to-be inductees, it is their initial central act as Hall of Famers since they contest opposite players who were enshrined forward of them.

Griffey always has had tighten golf ties. He is a former Orlando-area neighbor of Tiger Woods and is pronounced to have authorised Woods to stay in his Seattle residence during a tournament. Griffey is so critical about his possess diversion that when Sports Illustrated interviewed him about apropos a Hall of Famer, he regularly refused to be photographed holding a turn pitch because, he certified later, it would disaster adult his golf swing. He also insisted that a repository contend he is a 13 handicap, while he indeed is a 3.

He played in a pro-am before a Women’s PGA this year and was in a organisation with top-ranked star Lydia Ko, who pronounced afterward, “Ken strike a turn a mile. And indeed strike it unequivocally straight.”

Piazza has pronounced that his Dodger friend Eric Karros — whom he invited to play in his foursome yesterday — used to fun that a usually jaunty things Piazza can do are strike a baseball, chuck a football and strike a golf ball. The Mets good told golf.com that his clubhead speed has spasmodic been totalled during PGA Tour levels.


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When he was asked during his turn about a state of his game, Piazza said, “It’s been better. It’s been tough since we was only in Europe for a few weeks and we haven’t played that much. But it’s always good to be out here.”

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The indicate is, turn and golf are and always have been a good span (as Yoenis Cespedes can attest, as he likes to play in a morning before Mets night games). In a Hall’s Babe Ruth room, there are countless golf trophies and other mementos.

Many of a Hall of Famers, their rival natures still burning, play a lot of golf and are utterly good about it. They like to downplay how good they indeed are. When Rollie Fingers was asked yesterday what his encumber is, he said, “Golf!” Then he did acknowledge to holding a unequivocally excellent 7, though he nodded toward his son Jason, saying, “He hits it 30 yards past me.”

Carlton Fisk also is a single-digit golfer. “If a dabble works,” he pronounced as he headed down a initial fairway (his turn was right in a middle). “On this course, a dabble never works.”

Griffey seemed unequivocally loose a day before carrying to make his acceptance speech. He said, “The golf diversion is OK.” Someone asked him about a gossip that he had indeed shot 1-over standard a prior day and he said, “That’s only a fabrication.” Then he went to a initial tee box and launched a outrageous expostulate down a left side of a fairway.


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