The Mariners inducted Griffey into their Hall of Fame on Saturday. Days like these I am reminded why it’s so frustrating to be a Griffey/Mariners fan living in New Orleans. I’m 2,713 miles from Seattle and 1,400 miles from Cooperstown - tough place to me a Mariners fan/baseball fan in general. I wasn’t able to make the game, or even watch it on TV. I did, however, read every online article I could find about the ceremony.
Griffey made a long, well-received speech that came from the heart. All the articles I read describe Junior as humble and gracious, likeable, relatable, and inspiring. They describe the roar of the fans as he walked across the outfield and Griffey’s emotional reaction to a video from his son, Trey. The guy is a family man, that’s for sure.
Plus he made Jay Buhner cry.
I really hope this gets put onto DVD, or maybe a special on ESPN. I would happily fork over some cash to watch the proceedings in HD. You hear me, MLB? Let’s get on that….
In the meantime, if anyone got an extra bobblehead, a program, a local Seattle newspaper, a ticket stub, anything commemorating this event, I’ll be your trade slave for life.
And I have every intention of making it to his Cooperstown induction in 2015. Mark my words!