Jr in bronze . . .

Unfortunately, I’ve yet to see this stunning work of art in person . . .

I was actually working from home the day it was unveiled (Thursday, April 13th) but, didn’t realize until too late that the unveiling was occurring (otherwise, I could have at least watched it on TV/Twitter, etc.)

Thankfully, there are plenty of pics/videos on social media – the detail is impeccable . . .

#24EVER ~ the ceremony to celebrate an unbelievable career

What a night, what a career, what a celebration!

Saying the Mariners do ceremony well is a serious understatement.
So easy to get engrossed in the moments, the memories and the emotions that you can almost forget that after the celebration, there’s still a baseball game to watch 🙂

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prepping for the ceremony

The M’s pulled out all the stops, deservedly so, for Junior . . .
from the 24 in center field, on either side of home plate and even flying in the sky to baseball 24’s in person (Rickey Henderson and Tony Perez) and other famous 24’s on the video screen (Jeff Gordon and Kobe Bryant)

from fellow Seattle Hall of Famers (Steve Largent, Cortez Kennedy, Spenser Haywood and Gary Payton) to all of the current M’s wearing backwards caps and 24 jerseys during batting practice to video tributes from none other than Hank Aaron and Willie Mays and the announcement that Junior’s sweet swing will be immortalized in the form of a statue outside Safeco Field next season ❤

And, of course, Junior added an impromptu touch of his own with a call to Mr. Mays 😉

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And then, the culmination, Junior’s daughter Taryn helped unveil the ultimate 24

 

I thoroughly enjoyed it and am so thankful I got to see it in person with my Dad!

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tweets of the celebration . . . 

Cooperstown now has a Mariner . . . #JrHoF

So many memories ~ Congratulations, Junior!

Junior’s speech was heartfelt, extremely emotional and full of obvious love for Seattle – even included a plug for ‘Gar for HoF 🙂 I will admit a tinge of surprise disappointment that he didn’t mention Lou Piniella or Dave Niehaus (iconic Mariners, in my mind).

All in all, it was a very special day for Jr and for the Mariners and their fans ❤

Here’s a little collection of tweets to help the stories live forever in our memories . . .

 

Though they stood at the same position today ~ behind the HoF podium ~ curious that they represent opposite ends of the baseball spectrum, in terms of draft position . . .

Griffey was the first #1 draft pick to make it to the Hall and Piazza the lowest (1390) draftee to be enshrined ~ congrats to both on their esteemed careers.

 

24 minutes with #24

I wasn’t able to attend but, from everything I’ve seen, heard and read, it was an absolutely incredible evening of celebration ~ not to mention a totally mutual love fest ~ as Ken Griffey, Jr. became the 7th inductee in to the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame, joining: Alvin Davis, Dave Niehaus, Jay Buhner, Edgar Martinez, Randy Johnson and Dan Wilson.

Thanks to all those who provided the following video clips, photos, links and tweets that captured the evening and almost made me feel I was there . . .

 

VIDEO TRIBUTES ~ memories of “the Kid”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interesting to note that WHEN Ken Griffey,  Jr. is enshrined into the Baseball Hall of Fame . . .
LIKELY via first ballot, POSSIBLY via a unanimous selection and DEFINITELY the ONLY first round draft pick in enshrined in Cooperstown.

 

 

 

 

 

Pricey batboys and rookie coaches

Yes it’s early spring and the first intra-squad game has been played.
~ Pitchers got some work in (17 in all threw at least one inning)
~ Fielders made some plays (Figgy and Jose at their ‘new’ positions, Dustin looking like he belongs)
~ Hitters got some hits (Jose 2-2 w/a double, Jr with a bunt base hit – oops! who was covering 1st?)

And then, there were the bat boys complete with “BB” taped to the back of their jerseys.

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Apparently today, Jr. and Sweeney will don whistles and carry clipboards for the role play of the day.

What a fun bunch.  Wish I was there.

The simultaneous encore and finale begin…

Larry LaRue’s blog

So last October, we thought this was it. But, ‘t wasn’t long into the off-season before we found out that there would be an encore to the finale.

Junior is back and he arrived in Peoria today.
Apparently, his presence in the clubhouse stirred quite the ruckus

To new third baseman Chone Figgins: “You looked a lot bigger in red.” To center fielder Franklin Gutierrez, who signed a four-year, $20.25 million contract over the winter: “I’ll be getting some of your money now that you got that big contract.” Griffey is the judge of the team’s kangaroo court. Pointing to new pitcher Cliff Lee: “I’m going to throw bunting practice to pitchers this year. That guy might get one behind his back.” Six years ago, Lee was suspended for six games after throwing a pitch behind Griffey during an interleague game between the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds.

“It got a lot louder in there,” manager Don Wakamatsu said. “It’s amazing how one guy can change the karma of a room.”

And maybe, just maybe, the karma of a season.