Well, I feel stupid. I really didn’t think Griffey Jr. would be first in total homers. Oh, how wrong I was.
💎Diamond Dynasty💎 Home Run Leader #1
with 5,881,919 Home Runs:
"The Kid" Ken Griffey Jr.
— MLB The Show (@MLBTheShow) December 5, 2019
And not just wrong, but big wrong. He beat Frank Thomas by 2.5 million home runs. Yoinks
Look, I think one thing I overlooked was that the Griffey Storylines probably counted towards these home run totals since the metrics say all versions of the Griffey Jr. card were involved. You had a lot of people trying (and failing many times) at those challenges.
And that was just to get this 89 overall version of the card. I obviously underestimated how many people kept at these challenges to get this card. Those failures just padded his home run totals.
My rational at the start was that since the Signature Series Griffey Jr. did not come out until the 6th Inning Program, I felt that gave Frank Thomas enough of a head start to win out. Hence I thought someone like Joey Gallo or Pete Alonso would end up the victor because they were out most of the season, were affordable and had multiple released versions.
One other aspect I forgot about was that this 88 overall version did come out rather early, and it was at a time where an 88 overall diamond was still awesome. Nevertheless, I just felt like some people being weirded out by his fielding animations/errors and the constant shifts when at the plate would have led to his numbers stagnating more than they did.
But that’s what I get for underestimating the cache of Ken Griffey Jr. He’s a legend throughout eras and age groups, and his video game exploits remain impressive console generation after console generation. The Kid truly is the king of baseball video games.