17 episodes

What ever happened to Ken Griffey Jr., our love for him, and our love for baseball?

Seattle musician and friend of Griffey, Kid Sensation (Xola Malik), as well as producer Alex Ward, rehash the life and career of one of sports most misunderstood superstars, and examine America’s relationship with baseball, music, race, celebrity and success.

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    • 5.0 • 22 Ratings

What ever happened to Ken Griffey Jr., our love for him, and our love for baseball?

Seattle musician and friend of Griffey, Kid Sensation (Xola Malik), as well as producer Alex Ward, rehash the life and career of one of sports most misunderstood superstars, and examine America’s relationship with baseball, music, race, celebrity and success.

    The Last Swing

    The Last Swing

    In June of 2010, hours before the Mariners hosted the Twins, a 40-year-old Ken Griffey Jr. got into his car and drove out of Seattle. He told no one that he was leaving, and told no one where he was going. Instead of a farewell tour, Junior retired from baseball driving for two straight days from Washington to Florida to return home—for good.

    In many ways, his retirement—both the way that it was received and the reason he chose to do it that way—is the best portrait of Griffey’s legacy, forcing us to ask the question: did we need him more than he needed us?

    Presented by Coors Light

    Brought to you by Roman: getroman.com/prodigy

    • 38 min
    What the F*** is a Met?

    What the F*** is a Met?

    If Ken Griffey Jr. was the charismatic new face of MLB who brought tons of new fans to the sport, why has baseball's popularity continued to decline over the last two decades? And, why has the number of Black ballplayers declined, too? Was The Kid baseball's last black superstar? For a sport that’s always been known as America’s pastime, baseball can’t seem to stay in touch with America.

    Presented by Coors Light

    Brought to you by Roman: getroman.com/prodigy

    • 43 min
    Do Your Thing

    Do Your Thing

    In 1999, Griffey was in the prime of his career with the Mariners. Yet, instead of playing out his last season, he turned down an extension, requested a trade, and was shipped to the Cincinnati Reds. Was Ken giving up on Seattle? Or was he truly looking to have a homecoming both on and off the diamond?

    Presented by Coors Light

    Brought to you by Roman: getroman.com/prodigy

    • 41 min
    Griffey To The Max

    Griffey To The Max

    After the strike, Griffey became a superstar on and off the field. From cameos on “The Simpsons” and “Fresh Prince,” to record-selling video games and a signature Nike shoe, The Kid had taken over popular culture. Griffey was becoming a brand all to himself, paving the way for the athletes of today. But, one thing that comes with blazing a trail, is that it's hard to figure out. For Ken, it led to a breaking point.  

    Presented by Coors Light 

    Brought to you by Roman: getroman.com/prodigy 

    • 40 min
    The Two Kids

    The Two Kids

    He's remembered as one of the biggest stars in America and a 90's cultural icon, yet somehow, it seems like Griffey's legacy has gone missing. Where did it go? 
      
    Musician Kid Sensation (Xola Malik) and producer Alex Ward revisit the origins of Ken's early success in high school and with the Mariners, Xola's own beginnings with Sir Mix-a-Lot's crew, and the moment these two Kids crossed paths in Seattle. 
      
    Presented by Coors Light

    Brought to you by Roman: getroman.com/prodigy

    • 38 min
    Trailer: American Prodigy: The Kid

    Trailer: American Prodigy: The Kid

    What ever happened to Ken Griffey Jr., our love for him, and our love for baseball? Seattle musician and friend of Griffey, Kid Sensation (Xola Malik), as well as producer Alex Ward, rehash the life and career of one of sports most misunderstood superstars, and examine America’s relationship with baseball, music, race, celebrity and success.

    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Jack Duffin ,

Amazing to hear what happened to the Football Manager Sensation

Really loving this podcast series, from having Freddy Adu as a player on Football Manager for some many years it’s great to hear the story.

Never heard quite the level of hype when he was so young due to being in England rather than the US.

My favourite part has to be the story around the number 11 short it’s so surreal and sounds like something out of a comedy.

Mem17 ,

How to mess up a talent

Interesting podcast but the author of this podcast doesn’t seem to realise he was part of the reason Adu didn’t make it. All that ridiculous media coverage and sponsorship clearly showed how little the USA know about what it takes for a world class player to be developed. Putting pressure on a coach to pick a 14 year old is just ridiculous. If he played for a proper team, he wouldn’t have started for several years and would have spent the time in between learning the tactical side.

Ross MixDonald ,

Amazing insight

Always heard the name Freddy Adu but never knew the full story. Great to hear from so many sources from Freddy’s early life. Loving this series so far!

Favourite part has been hearing about how young teenage Freddy’s teammates tried to avoid encouraging him to come to the parties and clubs but then would find him there already!

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