Chat with Fred McGriff
Welcome to SportsNation! On Friday, former baseball player, and 1995 World Series champion, Fred McGriff stops by to chat about the MLB playoffs.
McGriff, a career .284 hitter with 493 home runs, played in five postseasons, winning it all with the Atlanta Braves in '95. In 50 career postseason games, over 10 series, he hit .303 with 10 home runs.
He played for seven clubs in his 19-year career and is one of two players to hit 30 or more home runs for five or more teams, with Gary Sheffield being the other.
Send your questions now and join McGriff Friday at 2:30 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (2:21 PM)
Former MLB player Fred McGriff stops by to chat at 2:30 p.m. ET!
Mark ( San Jose)
Crime Dog, who was the pitcher you looked forward to facing the most?
Fred McGriff (2:28 PM)
A pitcher by the name of Melido Perez. He pitched with the White Sox most of his career. He knew that I was going to kill him. When he looked at me, he was like, here we go again. I would just light him up.
Crime Dog! It seems like not much has been talked about with the NL West race this year.....what do you think we can expect from the Diamondbacks in the playoffs?
Fred McGriff (2:29 PM)
Honestly, they won over 90 games. You have to be a decent club to win over 90 games. They have a good pitching staff. Ian Kennedy won over 90 games. Justin Upton leads the offense. The Giants have a good staff, so to beat them, you have to be a good team.
It seems like everyone else is talking about the Red Sox collapse....what do you think about what happened in Boston!
Fred McGriff (2:31 PM)
It's just unbelievable collapse. They got off to a bad start. For four months they played great baseball. You thought they'd cruise to the division. It was all in front of them. But then the last month, they stopped hitting, stopped pitching. It was a total team effort from top to bottom with their struggles. You can't just blame it on the offense. They had some injuries. They played the Rays 7-8 times in the last 3 weeks. All they had to do was beat those guys a couple of games. The Red Sox only have themselves to blame.
So your first day with the Braves, a fire breaks out in the press box. Did you start to wonder what you'd gotten yourself into? BTW, thanks for being part of that 1995 team. It was great to be a Braves fan then.
Fred McGriff (2:33 PM)
I was kind of glad for the fire. I didn't want to see anyone injured, but I had hurt my ribcage the last few days in San Diego. When I had been traded, I was told that I needed to be healthy and ready to play. We agreed that I would go home to Tampa for 3-4 days to get healthy. I drove up to Atlanta that day. I left at 12 and thought if I didn't get up there until 6 and I wouldn't be in the lineup. But I got there and there I was in the lineup. I went to go get treatment. The game didn't start until later because of the fire and I hit a home run.
Do you think the Yankees' pitching can hold up through the playoffs?
Fred McGriff (2:34 PM)
I really worry about their pitching. Offensively they have a great team. But other than CC, they have the rookie Nova, but we don't know about enough about him. You're worried if they have enough pitching for anything. The thing about baseball, the wild card gets home games, it's not like football, where the wild card never plays at home, so if the road team can win one of the first two games, they have homfield. I'm a little concerned.
How did you enjoy your time as a Cub?
Fred McGriff (2:35 PM)
Chicago was awesome. I was disappointed in not helping the Cubs make the playoffs and the World Series. That will be the ultimate when they make it. I enjoyed it. It's a great place to play. Great fans.I was just upset that we couldn't pull it off.
ray ray ramella (Berg)
you should come back like Bernie Mac in Mr 3000 to get 7 HR. You deserve 500. You can still get it done in your 40's!
Fred McGriff (2:36 PM)
I've thought about it a few times. I was blessed to play 19 years. I've had a few knee injuries. I try to stay in shape with my P90X. I can't run any more. But some might say I never could run!
How do you feel about Crimedog McGriff?
Fred McGriff (2:36 PM)
I met Chris Berman. He gave me that nickname and it stuck. One thing about TV and radio, once someone says something about you on air, good or bad, it sticks. Sometimes, you're going around town and you hear people shouting "Crimedog!"
Greg (Las Vegas)
How do you see the Cardinals-Phillies series breaking down? Keys to a team winning there?
Fred McGriff (2:38 PM)
At the end of the day, it starts with good pitching. But the Cardinals have played the Phillies well through the season. The Cardinals have a good offensive ball club. The Phillies offense can be hit or miss at times. But they will get good pitching from Halladay and Lee and those guys. It comes down to if the Cardinals starters can match up with the Phillies starters and give it to the bullpens. Then the Cardinals have a chance.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
Who do you think will be the 2011 World Series Champions?
Fred McGriff (2:39 PM)
I'm going out on a limb. It would be easy to pick the Phillies. But I'm going to say the Rangers. I think they're hungry. I would be very very confident picking them. The wild card in all of this is Matt Moore with the Rays. He could be the Cliff Lee of these playoffs. He has a chance to give the Rangers a tough time. I'll go with the Rangers to win it all.
who are some of best players you ever played with/against? anyone in particular who you think was a much better player than public/media gave him credit for?
Fred McGriff (2:40 PM)
Ooooh, good question. I tell people the Darryl Strawberry was the one player that if I had to pay to see one player play, he would be the one. I know he did get a lot of press, but he was one guy that I loved his game. He could steal, run. But if we're talking one guy that didn't get the pub.....that's a tough one. But Strawberry, if it weren't for his problems off the field, he would have put up some even more outstanding numbers.
Fred McGriff (2:40 PM)
I've never been asked that question!
Fred McGriff (2:41 PM)
Thanks for all of the support over the years. Enjoy the playoffs. It should be outstanding. There isn't one dominant team that you know will be in the World Series. A lot of teams have a shot.