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Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  May 11, 2010 01:42 PM

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...apparently that's what Mariners legend and future Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. has been for most of his career due to some form of insomnia. However, Sleepless in Seattle, Griffey is not.

According to a report by the Tacoma News Tribune, Griffey was unavailable to pinch-hit recently because he fell asleep in the clubhouse, sad news for the Seattle icon

Willie Mays fell down in the outfield for the Mets, and Griffey fell asleep on the job for the Mariners.

If you're of a certain age, then Griffey was baseball. His No. 24 was the baseball equivalent of Michael Jordan's No. 23. The backwards hat for batting practice, the inimitable smile, that sweet lefthanded stroke, the incredible catches (the catch he broke his wrist on in 1995 is still the best catch I've ever seen). 

I still remember an ESPN highlight reel of Griffey's great grabs set to the 1990s EMF hit "Unbelievable."  So, it's unbelievable that the great Griff's career is going to end in embarrassing fashion.

Junior is now a baseball senior citizen at age 40. Like most older folks, he doesn't know what's best for him anymore. Griffey has looked like he's been asleep most of the season anyways, batting .208 with zero homers and 5 RBI in 77 at-bats.

It's time for the Kid to call it quits before he further tarnishes his legacy. The dream is over, but it was great while it lasted.
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...That's what the Patriots have when it comes to picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, which starts Thursday. After all those years of stockpiling picks the way a survivalist does non-perishables the Patriots have just five picks in this year's draft, thanks to Band-aid trades for Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocinco and Aqib Talib. Five picks would be the fewest draft picks in franchise history. (Part of that is attributable to the trimming of the draft to just seven rounds in 1994). Further complicating matters is that two of the Patriots' greatest needs are at wide receiver and cornerback, positions where they have sustained draft droughts. With that in mind, I'm convinced the Patriots are going trade back out of the first round of a quanity-over-quality draft where you're just as likely to pick a Pro Bowl player in the second and third round as you are in the first round.

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