Former Red and future Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. received the Commissioner's Historic Achievement Award on Sunday -- which recognizes contributions and achievements of historical significance. Griffey accepted the honor from MLB Commissioner Bud Selig at a news conference before Game 4 of the World Series in Arlington.
The son of former Big Red Machine member Ken Griffey Sr., Junior left a lasting mark on the game both on and off the field. Known for his boyish personality, big smile, perfect swing and gracefulness on the diamond, "The Kid" served as the face of Major League Baseball for much of his 19-year career.
Personally, there was no athlete I enjoyed watching more growing up than him. Ken Griffey Jr. is, and will always remain, one of my favorite players of all-time. Kudos to him for not only being such a great ambassador for the sport, but being an outstanding role model as well.
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