Mariners-Twins: Griffey's Target Practice Propels Mariners

Chris DiFrancescoAnalyst IMay 11, 2009

If there are any guarantees in life, one would be that Ken Griffey Jr. will do something special on mother's day. Yesterday Griffey smashed a two-run home run in the eighth inning to help the Mariners comeback and defeat the Minnesota Twins in the weekend finale.

The blast by Junior was his seventh career mothers day homer, his second career dinger with the annually popular pink bat. The ball went through a $25,000 Subway promotion target hanging over the second deck of the Metrodome, Junior either won the money or provided a nice check for one lucky fan.

"This is my second (home run) with a pink bat," Griffey said proudly. "My mom has the first one and I'm going to give this one to (my wife), Melissa, unless my mom says she gets it."  

Griffey has always been the catalyst of support on Mothers day every season, always donning the pink armbands and pink bat. The popularity of this phenomenon has grown into a league wide awareness program for breast cancer.

Most players now around Major League Baseball are seen wearing something pink on this day to celebrate not only the mothers of the world but to support the breast cancer awareness that MLB is actively apart of.

"I have no idea why," Griffey said. "It's one of those things when you try to do your best on certain days, and Mother's Day is one of them."

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"It's a cheap way of getting my mom a gift," Griffey joked after the game. Junior also doubled in the ballgame

Jose Lopez played a special role in this ballgame by hitting what ended up being the game-winning home run with a solo shot in the top of the ninth, his first with the pink bats.

"I don't know about everyone else, but I felt real happy every time I went to the plate to hit," second baseman Jose Lopez said. "Swinging a pink bat on Mother's Day ... there is something special about it."

The Mariners, in an effort to boost the efforts of providing extra awareness for breast cancer by making sure eight of the nine players in the starting lineup used the pink bats.

On another high note, it looks like this Mariners team thrives off of a good Griffey game at the plate. If Junior hits the ball well the rest of the offense seems to click. Guessing, that he leads more by example than so much in words.

"We were down and that picked everybody up," Adrian Beltre said regarding the Griffey blast. "The home run got everyone excited and it carried over. The next thing you knew, we scored four runs and won the game. It was a big, big win for us. We really needed it."

Quotes: Seattle Mariners


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