Just think, we almost didn’t get to witness Ken Griffey Jr.’s greatness.
This week represents a joyous time for Griffey, who was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday. But there was a point in Griffey’s life when things seemed so bad he tried to commit suicide by swallowing 277 aspirin, by his count, according to a 1992 article in The Seattle Times.
Griffey, the eldest son in a famous baseball family, was 18 years old in January 1988. He and his father, Ken Griffey Sr., whom he later played alongside with the Seattle Mariners, frequently didn’t see eye to eye. That became a problem for the younger Griffey, who described himself as “real stubborn” in the Times article, especially once he moved away from home after becoming a professional athlete as a teenager.
“It seemed like everyone was yelling at me in baseball, then I came home and everyone was yelling at me there,” Griffey recalled, according to the article. “I got depressed. I got angry. I didn’t want to live.”