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Once Ken Griffey Jr. got the phone call about the honor the Seattle Mariners wanted to bestow upon him he started getting nervous about having to be the center of attention.
As Griffey said Friday, it's easier to be standing in center field or waiting at home plate than talking in front of thousands of people.
Griffey will become the seventh member of the Mariners Hall of Fame on Saturday night. Griffey spent 13 seasons with the Mariners before retiring part-way through the 2010 season.
Griffey was lauded by former teammates and opponents during a luncheon on the field Friday. He was razzed by his father, who sat next to him, and was told by former teammates that they can't wait for 2016 when Griffey is eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame.
BEST OF MAXIM
Ken Griffey Jr. figures to go to Cooperstown one day but on Saturday night the former major league outfield was inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame.
Griffey spent the first 11 years of his MLB career in Seattle, and the final two after a eight and a half year stay in Cincinnati and a brief time with the Chicago White Sox.
That Griffey was inducted into the Mariners Hall...
'YOU WERE MY HERO'
Ken Griffey Jr. was honored on Saturday night at Safeco Field in a multitude of ways for being inducted into the Mariners team Hall of Fame, but one moment especially stood out. Check out the now New York Yankees’ speedster, Ichiro Suzuki’s video message to the legend and try not to smile. Good stuff. Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
BALL JUMPS OFF HIS BAT
Ken Griffey Jr. will be inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame on Saturday night prior to the team’s game against the…
In the post-steroids era, no player is above suspicion. However, if there is any player from the tainted period who’s career should be appreciated that much more, it’s Ken Griffey Jr.
Over a 22-year big league career that began at the age of 19, Griffey hit 630 home runs, was a 13-time All-Star, won 10 Gold Gloves and was the 1997 American League MVP. What’s more is that those...
Outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. was inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame at Safeco Field this evening an event which preceded the team’s game against the Brewers. Griffey often known as “Junior” spent 13 of his 22 years in the Majors with the Mariners hitting 417 of his 630 career home runs and helping usher in an era of prosperity something not previously seen by the Mariners...
Anytime you start referencing some of the greatest players in a particular sports’ history, it’s always interesting to look back and see how exactly the player rose to prominence. Did teams pass on him in the draft? What were the concerns about the player? And in this case, what was the scouting report on a future Hall of Famer like Ken Griffey Jr.?
Griffey Jr. was inducted...
Photo: JORDAN STEAD, SEATTLEPI.COM
Seattle held a special ceremony Saturday night to induct the greatest player in Mariners history, #24 Ken Griffey Jr, into their Hall of Fame. This is just a preview of what we will see once he is eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015.
Mariners’ players showed their respects to the Kid by turning their hats backward.
A Mariners Living Legend
My words likely won’t mean much, but here they are:
Ken Griffey Jr.,
You are the best of baseball. You exemplify what the game is and showed us Mariners fans how to enjoy it just as much as you did.
Your boyish grin day-in and day-out, the way you approached every game, and the countless hours you spent getting better off the field set a precedent for...
Ken Griffey Jr. gave Seattle and the Mariners more than a decade of thrills. On Saturday night, they gave him their eternal love.
And Jay Buhner gave him the finger.
Seattle fans showed Junior just how much they adore him Saturday as he was inducted into the Mariners' Hall of Fame. The crowd cheered, Junior teared, and it was 1995 all over again.
Griffey broke down more than...
Ken Griffey Jr. kept telling stories, continued to acknowledge
his appreciation to the fans and reminisced about his career, even
as the scheduled game time came and went.
Former Red and Cincinnati native Ken Griffey Jr. was bestowed the honor of being inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame this weekend. And it's only a matter of time before Junior gains induction into both the Reds Hall of Fame and National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, as well.
Simply stated, "The Kid" was one of the smoothest and greatest players...
On Saturday, The Kid will get inducted into his first Hall of Fame, this one belonging to the Seattle Mariners.
Cincinnati Reds fans got to see over 200 of Ken Griffey Jr.s 630 career home runs, but many did not get to see the plays that really made Junior a household name.
In honor of his induction to the Mariners Hall of Fame, I have put together my list of Juniors greatest moments...
SEATTLE -- The stadium was packed to the brim with Griffey jerseys all standing, waiting for the entrance of an icon.
Then the seventh member of the Mariners Hall of Fame made his entrance from behind the centerfield fence, which he used to hit balls over and stop balls from sailing over. Walking over his own signature Number 24 with that patented smile on his face.
As Junior made...
Did I say “Thank You?!”
In this day and age, it is rare to find a true idol in the sports world. With so much lying and cheating in sports, the dark age of sport has ruined what used to be pure and good. It wasn’t always like this, though, as there was once a generation of athletes who inspired people.
They inspired us to be good great. They inspired us to reach for the stars...
Scooter Gennett kept watching and wondering if the pitch he didn't think he hit that well just might carry far enough.
Getting an assist from Seattle right fielder Michael Morse certainly helped.
''Us little guys need all the help we can get,'' Gennett said.
Gennett capped Milwaukee's six-run seventh inning with a three-run homer off Morse's glove,...