The Kid, The Son, The Natural, The Legend: Ken Griffey Jr. Retires

Posted in Blogroll on June 3rd, 2010 by Michael Tillery

“They’re gonna wave him in! They throw to the plate will be….. LATE! The Mariners are going to play for the American League Championship!”

The day Ken Griffey Jr. cried for the first time his legacy was cemented and not simply because he was in the land of the living. He and Hall of Fame baseball legend Stan Musial were born in the same city (Donora, PA), the same day (11/21), 50 years apart. That their names are synonymous transcends eras of fans, athletes and a soul for the game transferred from his Father’s love for his profession to the baseball diamonds in a young Griffey’s eyes.

That was just the beginning. 630 home runs and infinite smiles later, Junior retires from baseball the same day he was the number one pick in the draft 23 years earlier. For the game, it’s definitely apropos he retired as a member of the Seattle Mariners for he saved baseball in the city and because of his popularity, Junior had a lot to do with the building of Safeco Field.

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