In a recent interview with the Seattle Times, which published the story in yesterday's editions, Ken Griffey Jr. said that life was so bad as a teen-ager that he tried to kill himself at age 17.
As a teen-ager, Griffey was the eldest son in a well-to-do family, talented enough to be picked first in baseball's amateur draft.
But Griffey Jr., now an All-Star outfielder with the Seattle Mariners, said growing up wasn't easy. In fact, he said, life was so bad he tried to kill himself at age 17.
"It seemed like everyone was yelling at me in baseball, then I came home and everyone was yelling at me there," he said. "I got depressed. I got angry. I didn't want to live."
Griffey said he swallowed 277 aspirin in January 1988 and wound up in intensive care in Providence Hospital at Mount Airy, Ohio.
He thought about killing himself a couple of times, he said, "with my father's gun or something."
"The aspirin thing was the only time I acted," he said. "It was such a dumb thing."
* RED SOX: Wade Boggs and Boston failed in their first attempt at a contract extension and broke off talks because of a disagreement on the length of a new deal.
Boggs, a .345 career hitter entering his 11th season with the Red Sox, is seeking a four- or five-year contract while the Red Sox are offering two years with an option for 1995.
Boggs, who will be 34 on June 15, is signed for 1992 at $2.7 million, the final season of a $7.3 million, three-year deal. He is eligible for free agency following this season.
"We proposed a certain length; they proposed another length," Boston general manager Lou Gorman said. "We're dealing with the economics of the game over the next few years. Understand the fact that in two years the contract with television ends and a new contract with the union begins."
Yesterday's meeting was the third of the weekend, following two sessions on Saturday.
* ROYALS: Kansas City said dugout coach Glenn Ezell will have surgery tomorrow at Florida Hospital in Orlando for an aneurysm. Joe Jones, Kansas City's first-base coach in 1987, has been named an interim coach during Ezell's absence.