Ken Griffey Jr. figures to go to Cooperstown one day but on Saturday night the former major league outfield was inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame.
Griffey spent the first 11 years of his MLB career in Seattle, and the final two after a eight and a half year stay in Cincinnati and a brief time with the Chicago White Sox.
That Griffey was inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame is no surprise but still something special for the now 43-year-old who hit 630 home runs during his time in the majors.
Griffey is synonymous with the Mariners and becomes the seventh member of the teams’ Hall of Fame. So moved by the situation Griffey spoke for 25 minutes prior to Saturday’s game.
“I am truly honored and humbled to be associated with these people here,” Griffey said, via AP.
Griffey joins late Hall of Fame broadcaster Dave Niehaus, and former teammates Alvin Davis, Edgar Martinez, Jay Buhner, Randy Johnson and Dan Wilson in being honored by the team.
One of the highlights of Griffey’s speech came when he addressed former teammate and outfielder Jay Buhner.
“There is no other person in the world, other than my parents, that if something happened to me or my wife, that I would want to raise my kids,” Griffey said to Buhner.