Fred “Crime Dog” McGriff hit 493 home runs, amassed 2,490 hits and was a five-time All-Star during his 19-year Major League Baseball career for six teams. Despite his standout numbers -- seven straight 30-home run seasons from 1988 to 1994 -- the lanky first baseman might have been better known among baseball fans for his appearance in the long-running late-night commercial for Tom Emanski’s Defensive Drills video.
McGriff, 49 and now living in his hometown of Tampa as he enjoys retirement, looks as long and lean as he did in his playing days. I caught up with the Crime Dog in Rochester, N.Y. where he was getting ready to take the field in the Pepsi MAX Field of Dreams legends game.
Amanda Rykoff: What young players do you most enjoy watching today?
Fred McGriff: I still like Justin Upton with the Braves, Jason Heyward. Josh Hamilton and those guys, Mike Trout, the good young players, Bryce Harper.
Amanda Rykoff: Who does Justin Upton most remind you of when he cru...