As a change of pace, during another season of growing pains, I've decided it might be fun to look back at a time and person who helped make the Mariners relevant to baseball fans across the country.
Like a lot of us, I like to get nostalgic on occasion and remember when the Mariners had not only hope, but also someone who delivered upon it from day one. While reading through Seattle Times writer Larry Stone's archives recently, I stumbled upon this article on Ken Griffey Jr.
When Junior came to Seattle in 1989, it signaled the first time in my life that the Mariners were more than the whipping boy of the AL West.
In short, Junior breathed life into a franchise that to many around the country didn't exist. Now almost a quarter century after being chosen No. 1 in the 1987 amateur draft by the M's, it's safe to say that without Junior the Seattle Mariners would probably no longer exist.
For fun, I figured why not take a few minutes to look back at the seven greatest home runs he hit in an M's uniform from the point of view from someone who may have lived in many different places during the duration of Junior's career, but who always kept close tabs.