Jr Griffey Is Home, Cherish It Baseball

Chris DiFrancescoAnalyst IFebruary 18, 2009

This is a moment I have been waiting to see for 10 years. The Kid, Joltin Junior, the Natural, Ken Griffey Jr., has returned home.

Ken Griffey Jr. has informed the Atlanta Braves that he will be signing on to play with the team that brought him to the show 20 years ago, the Seattle Mariners.

Griffey will join the Mariners later this week and could possibly join the workouts on Saturday or Sunday.

"This means a lot for this franchise," Zduriencik said. "It means a lot from a baseball standpoint. We've talked all along about coming up with a left-handed hitter, and we have an opportunity to do that in bringing back Ken Griffey Jr. His leadership, his experience, and him coming back is a tremendous, tremendous thing for this organization. From top to bottom, we're very excited about him coming here."

He has accepted the Mariners' one-year contract offer that includes a $2 million base salary and up to $4 million in incentives based on at-bats and attendance. His return to Safeco Field is expected to lure an additional 200,000 fans this season.

This ends a three day whirlwind saga of where was the sure-fire hall of famer was going to land, Atlanta, where his family was close to him. Or, Seattle, where his heart and career belongs. Junior made the correct choice.

I am 22-years-old, and I have been in baseball for over 15 years. I would not have loved sports nonetheless baseball if it wasn't for number 24 out there in centerfield wearing a Mariners uniform. This is something that hits close to home, my heart.

I don't care if he isn't the Griffey of 1995. I care that Griffey in 2009 is back where he belongs, playing again in the house that "Griffey" built, Safeco Field.

Now, baseball fans and followers do me a favor, look at this moment, hold it close. This is a feel good story that every baseball fan, not just Mariners fans, can look into and smile. There is a dark cloud over baseball right now. Why not attach ourselves to the man who did great the ol' natural way, with pure god-given ability.

"This is the one player, at the end of the day, that we thought we needed to bring home," Zduriencik said.

With this night, I can finally say...Let's play some baseball.