The Seattle Mariners outfought the Atlanta Braves for Ken Griffey Jr., who signed a one-year contract with a base salary around $2 million plus incentives.
Along with the majority of other Mariner fans, I would like to say "Thank you" to Griffey for choosing the city that saw him rise to fame over a team where he would likely just be another aging superstar. Jr. means so much more to the City of Seattle than to the City of Atlanta.
What Griffey brings to Seattle is unique in its diversity, and his return will help the Mariners on so many different levels. Most importantly, he returns to the team with which he became a superstar.
He has instantly injected the city with excitement for the Mariners' upcoming season, even among those who aren’t the biggest sports fans. The Mariners are now a team worth following for the average Seattleite.
Griffey also brings a hope that a clubhouse that was dysfunctional last year can unite.
Going through a rebuilding process, the clubhouse lacks veteran leadership. The Kid, now grown up, can bring the young players together who worshipped him, when they were little.
Hopefully, Griffey will bring, not only, excitement and leadership, but a bat as well. Who knows? With all of Seattle cheering for his revival, maybe Griffey can bat .280 with 25 home runs and 80 RBIs.
It would make a great feel-good story for a city desperate for one.
Perhaps, with a healthy knee and inspiration from the city, Griffey will be reborn.