It is with a heavy heart that we say good-bye to Ken Griffey, Jr. the Major League baseball player, but it is with joy and gratitude that we announce the induction of Ken Griffey, Jr. the Baseball Legend into the Cook & Son Hall of Fame:
We are also pleased to announce that the number “24” is officially being retired from this blog, effective immediately — no player will ever again be seen on this blog wearing the number 24:
I do not have the time, energy or capability to succintly sum up what Griff has meant to me over the last 22 years. So I will not even try.
Instead, I will just leave you with a few parting thoughts:
I have been watching Griffey play baseball since I was 13 years old, that is two-thirds of my life…
…without Ken Griffey, Jr., the Mariners would probably be playing in Tampa Florida or some other locale (I don’t care about basketball, but don’t you even think of looking this way, Oklahoma City!) And that would be unbearably terrible.
One of the happiest moments of my life was when I saw Griffey hit a meaningless single off of the Green Monster in Boston last season with my son sitting on my shoulders. Shortly thereafter, Tim and I saw Griff hit his 624th career homerun in Cleveland…
At the beginning of his career, my dad was driving me to Mariners games to see Griffey play. At the end of his career, I was driving my own boy to Mariners games to see Griffey play. This guy has tied the generations together in my family. Our lives are all a little better because of what he’s done on the baseball field.
Tonight: The Cook & Son Hall of Fame.
6 Years from Now: The National Baseball Hall of Fame.
I guarantee you that we will be there cheering you on once again.
Thank you, Ken Griffey, Jr.