Acid Flashback Friday: Cito Gaston Endorses Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball for Super Nintendo

Has Cito Gaston ever indulged in cutting-edge video gaming with super realistic gameplay and incredibly detailed player models?

I don’t think so.

For this week’s Acid Flashback Friday, we’ll send off the Blue Jays skipper by taking a trip with Cito Gaston’s cameo in this commercial for Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball for Super Nintendo.


There are a few minor things I noticed in this commercial. One, the MLB logo is displayed prominently throughout the spot on the bottom right corner, but if you’ve ever actually played Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball, Griffey himself is the only licensed MLB player.

Secondly, the commercial shows some gameplay in which the Blue Jays logo is flipped horizontally on the left field wall. I’m not going to say it was like when the Canadian flag was flown upside down during the 1993 1992 World Series, but it may as well have.

Finally, the voiceover announcer asks Cito Gaston if he thinks Ken Griffey Jr. could win the series, and ironically enough nobody won the World Series that year due to the baseball strike.

Since the game was released in March of 1994, it was a wise move to feature the manager of the team which had just won their second straight World Series.

As I alluded to off the top, Cito Gaston may have been a mainstay in this commercial for Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball on SNES, but do you think there’s any chance he ever even picked up a controller to play?

I don’t think so.

Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

6 thoughts on “Acid Flashback Friday: Cito Gaston Endorses Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball for Super Nintendo

  • October 2, 2010 at 12:41 am

    The game had an MLB license, but not an MLBPA license.

  • October 2, 2010 at 2:15 am

    Seems odd to have an MLB license but not the MLBPA license. It just sucks you couldn't play as any player other than Ken Griffey Jr.

  • October 2, 2010 at 2:52 am

    The flag was flown upside down in '92.

  • October 2, 2010 at 2:58 am

    Whoops, let one slip there. Sorry about that.

  • October 7, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    it WAS 1992 because I'm pretty sure it was against the Phillies and it was at the Vet

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