When the former Nordiques Michel Goulet will put skates on Saturday in Clermont for the Bauer Winter Classic, it will be 25 years to the day after the famous match of March 16, 1994 at the Montreal Forum. It was that night that number 16, who was lining up with the Chicago Blackhawks, suffered the concussion that would end his hockey career.
E n publishing his Griffin 26 autobiography at Éditions de Mortagne, Marc Griffin recounts his journey from minor baseball to professional level. Even today, he remains involved in the sport as an analyst at the Réseau des Sports (RDS), a job he has been doing for 25 years.
“I have always been a dreamer. As a child, I thought I was Peter Stastny and Gary Carter, I wanted to go to the Olympics and play baseball in the big leagues. I thought it was a beautiful story to tell, “he explained on the sidelines of the launch in Quebec City of his book, Friday, under the dome of the Canac Stadium.
His affair with affiliated baseball lasted six years from 1989 to 1994. However, he did not play the 1992 season due to an elbow injury. No matter, he had the time to live his dream to the fullest.
“The goal with this book is to tell young people that they have the right to dream big. I wrote it also for my three sons, Henry [nicknamed Hank], Leo and Edmond. It’s not a biography as we see it, I do not settle, there is no controversy. I just wanted to say that it was possible for a ty-guy from Quebec to realize his dreams, and at the same time, it allows the amateurs of Expos to meet and the youngest to discover a part of their history. ”
In fact, the book ends when Griffin goes to bat in the seventh inning of an exhibition game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Expos at the Olympic Stadium. But before, we saw his love of baseball from childhood to the national team, his important passage with the Patriots of Sainte-Foy (junior elite) until his contract by the Dodgers of Los Angeles. And finally, his exchange and his last two seasons with the Expos.
“Whether with the Patriots, the National Team, the Dodgers and the Expos, when I hit a double, it had the same value, it was an incredible feeling. I was passionate. I am also really proud to have written this book myself, and I think we are discovering maturity in writing over the pages. As soon as I found the conclusion, it began to tumble, “confided one who has never intended to have his face on the cover. We find there rather one of his sons.
Griffin completed his career with a .276 offensive average. He has reached the AA level (Eastern league) and has played in the California and Florida leagues at A-fort level.
Among his fondest memories, he retains his presence at the Dodgers’ major camp at his first professional camp in 1989.
“It was March 27, the Dodgers won the World Series in 1988, I was on the bench with the majors team when I heard” 7th beat, right fileder, Marc Griffin! ” not even my cleats … I had three hits in this game, the big announcer Vin Scully had said what day for the young Canadian … ”
At age 50, Griffin still speaks like someone whose dream is still alive!