One young pitcher in a Seattle Mariner uniform tries to stall on pitching to Seattle legend Ken Griffey, Jr. on his return to Seattle with the Cincinnati Reds on June 22, 2007. You know the state loves Griffey when they boo their own pitcher in defense for Ken Griffey Jr.
Ken Griffey Jr is truly the Seattle Savior, giving hope to many that had no hope. My grandpa is one example of that. He layed on his bed with lukemia, watching every baseball game he could. He spent the entire Mariners history cheering for them, spending nearly every day in the summer with his wife, my grandma watching the Mariners lose.
Then 1995 came and the Mariners won the Al West, My grandfather died when the Mariners just defeated the Yankees in the American League division series. He died thinking the Mariners were going to win the World Series. He had hope because of his favorite player, Ken Griffey Jr.
He has saved baseball in Seattle. When he could have signed with any other team for way more than what the Mariners he didn't, because he cared. Some day I woulds love to thank Ken Griffey Jr.
Now Griffey might be making one more return to Seattle, one last year in Safeco Field, one last year of home run after home run, one last year of leadership beyond imagination. If Griffey make his triumphal return to Safeco Field, the field that without him would not be standing, the fans would surely love it.
The day Ken Griffey Jr retires from baseball will surely be a dark day in baseball.
We love and miss you Griffey, thanks.