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Like the Seattle Mariners nerd I truly am, I have been looking forward to Ken Griffey Jr. Hall of Fame Night for weeks! Here’s a little recap of my experience at the game.
2:52PM – We officially arrived at Safeco Field! The lines looked as bad as Disneyland in July. Only the first 20,000 fans received Griffey bobbleheads and fans sure wanted to get their giveaway!
4:02PM – Success! Griffey bobblehead was eventually acquired! Gates opened two and a half hours before game time, which was surprising. With so much free time, we checked out the Milwaukee Brewers’ batting practice with a prime view behind the visiting team’s dugout. Unfortunately, the way they swung their bats was only the beginning of the Brew Crew’s offensive display for the night.
5:30PM – Hall of Fame ceremony started promptly. Safeco Field was PACKED. In all my years coming to the ballpark since it opened in 1999, I have never seen so few empty seats for a regular season game. Even the 300-section
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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...
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...
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...
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.
The small city of Appleton, Wis., played host to one serious display of star power in the summer of 1996. As part of a barnstorming tour, the Ken Griffey Jr.- and Edgar Martinez-led Seattle Mariners stopped by Appleton for an exhibition against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, the team’s Class-A affiliate at the time. When rain put the game on hold, the players decided to give the...
Trounced by Brewers
The stage was set and everything was in place for the Seattle Mariners to make Saturday one of the more memorable dates in team history. Honoring the great Ken Griffey Jr. by enshrining him in the Mariners hall of fame before the game kicked off, there was a buzz and atmosphere surrounding Safeco Field that had not been felt there for quite awhile.
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...
This weekend one of the most talented ball players of all time received a prestigious honor. Ken Griffey, Jr. was inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame. Griffey, Jr. had one of the greatest swings in all of baseball. With the Mariners he hit 417 of his 630 home runs. He help bring the city of Seattle on the baseball map.
Ken spent time with Seattle from 1989 to 1999 and then finished...
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.
He operated with no script and no net. Most importantly, it was from the heart.
Arizona redshirt freshman receiver Trey Griffey got through it, wishing his dad Ken Griffey Jr. congratulations on Saturday after he became the seventh member of the Seattle Mariners to be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame.
"I just spoke how I felt," Trey said Monday after practice...
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...
On this episode of The Slant, host Brad Stein talks about how Ken Griffey, Jr. saved baseball, changes in college football this season, and more!
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