Ken Griffey Jr. had the prettiest swing with the brightest future in the beginning of his career in Seattle.
But after 11 seasons, Griffey Jr. left for the Cincinnati Reds.
Caught up in injuries for the majority of his tenure there, it was easy to feel sympathy for the player that was to take down Hank Aaron's record by doing it the right way.
But there wasn't much sympathy left for Griffey Jr. after his second stint with the Mariners.
The Kid returned to Seattle to hit just .214 in 117 games in 2009. In 2010, Griffey hit .184 in 33 games.
Poor performance was forgivable for all Griffey Jr. did in his prime for the Mariners. But what was later reported was not.
Rumors swirled that Griffey Jr. was becoming a distraction in the clubhouse, as he would be unavailable to pinch-hit in games late in his career because he was sleeping in the clubhouse.
Despite any tension that existed with manager Don Wakamatsu, sleeping in the dugout during a game in unfathomable.
While it is, overall, a blip on the radar, it's a shame that Griffey's great career didn't turn out better.
Griffey Jr. stands at fifth all time for home runs with 630. But he averaged just 21 home runs a season in his final 11 seasons after averaging 36 home runs in his first 11 seasons in the league.
If Griffey Jr. stays on that average throughout his career, he storms past Aaron and Bonds and finishes with 796 home runs. That leaves him plenty of room for decline late in his career.
Unfortunately, it's tough to say if baseball will think of The Kid in the backwards baseball cap with a smile on his face, striking a pose while watching a home run, or if they will remember the Griffey Jr. in Cincinnati with ankle, shoulder, knee and hamstring problems throughout his career.
Normally, it'd be easy to remember the better days, but with lackluster numbers throughout the final 11 seasons of his career, and his last two years in Seattle, you can't help but ask, "What if?"