Tomorrow evening, the Seattle Mariners will induct Ken Griffey Jr into the team Hall of Fame. Which makes sense considering that, well, Ken Griffey Jr was kind of everything that was beautiful and dazzling and perfect on a baseball field (The Mike Trout before Mike Trout, for you young children out there), not to mention he inspired an entire generation of baseball fans. I have clear memories of buying every Ken Griffey Jr related book from Scholastic Book Fairs and even had a number of them read to me at bedtime. I drew countless terrible sketches of Jr and tried valiantly to have a swing as easy and eloquent as Jr’s, though my poor coordination kept me from ever approximating it. From age 6 until, well, now, Ken Griffey Jr was everything. 
So while the bobblehead is nice (though perhaps not a perfect likeness), and the cap will most definitely be purchased by myself (call the team store at (206) 346-4287 to order), it still makes me very sad. Because this means my hopes of Griffey emerging from retirement to blast some more dingers and leap into fences to steal away doubles very unlikely. Though not impossible, just unlikely. 
Also, neither of these measure up to my Griffey in ‘96 cap.
(images via Mariners.com, @Mariners)

Tomorrow evening, the Seattle Mariners will induct Ken Griffey Jr into the team Hall of Fame. Which makes sense considering that, well, Ken Griffey Jr was kind of everything that was beautiful and dazzling and perfect on a baseball field (The Mike Trout before Mike Trout, for you young children out there), not to mention he inspired an entire generation of baseball fans. I have clear memories of buying every Ken Griffey Jr related book from Scholastic Book Fairs and even had a number of them read to me at bedtime. I drew countless terrible sketches of Jr and tried valiantly to have a swing as easy and eloquent as Jr’s, though my poor coordination kept me from ever approximating it. From age 6 until, well, now, Ken Griffey Jr was everything. 

So while the bobblehead is nice (though perhaps not a perfect likeness), and the cap will most definitely be purchased by myself (call the team store at (206) 346-4287 to order), it still makes me very sad. Because this means my hopes of Griffey emerging from retirement to blast some more dingers and leap into fences to steal away doubles very unlikely. Though not impossible, just unlikely. 

Also, neither of these measure up to my Griffey in ‘96 cap.

(images via Mariners.com, @Mariners)

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    Griffey was my favorite player.
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