August 25, 2011
Everyone remembers Trey Griffey from his days as a 12-year-old batboy for the 2006 U.S. World Baseball Classic team, or perhaps the mock professional contract former Mariners General Manager Woody Woodward allegedly sent to his father, longtime MLB outfielder Ken Griffey Jr., when he was born. The catch, of course, was that the contract was dated for 2012, when Trey Griffey would turn 18.
So, now that the latest in a familial line of great athletes is actually nearing the date on that contract, where do his athletic loyalties lie? On the football field, where his favorite athlete, Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, plays.
That' right, despite spending his youth in baseball dugouts tagging along with his Dad and, occasionally, with his grandfather, Griffey's favorite athlete is a contemporary football player. The Orlando Sentinel gleaned that tidbit from the wide receiver recruit -- he's wanted by the likes of Michigan State and Iowa State, among many others -- during the newspaper's annual media days, when it hosts the top recruits from across the region just before the kickoff of football season.
To give him some credit, Trey Griffey told the Sentinel that he opted for a receiver over his father because it's hard for him to think of Ken Griffey Jr. as anything other than Dad.
"I didn't put him down because that's just my father," Trey Griffey told the Sentinel. "I put down Calvin Johnson because he plays the position that I play."
Of course, Trey Griffey has to do something like pick someone besides his father as his favorite athlete to get any attention because of the sublime achievements that run throughout the family. After all, the new Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips arrival -- Griffey had previously played at West Orange (Fla.) High -- isn't even the most notable athletic Griffey at his own school.
For the moment, that title is held by Trey Griffey's younger sister, Taryn Griffey, who helped lead the Panthers to a state title in the 2010-11 season as a freshman point guard. That gives Trey Griffey an awful lot to shoot for in his first run out with the Panthers.
It also probably makes Ken Griffey Jr. the happiest Dr. Phillips fan around; now he only has to go to one school to watch both of his high school-aged children practice and compete in games. If past performance is any indication, there's a good chance "The Kid" will watch at least one state champion during the 2011-12 school year, too.