If you’re reading this, you’re probably aware that Ken Griffey Jr. was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame Sunday. Griffey became the first player ever to go into the Hall of Fame as a Mariners. While he never played for the Generals, it’s only fitting that we do our part to honor one of the best to ever play the game.
If you haven’t had a chance to watch his speech, I highly encourage you to do it now. Might want to have some tissues nearby.
Griffey was everything to me growing up. He played the game with exuberance and with a swagger that made baseball look so fun. He wore his cap backwards. He had a gorgeous swing that resulted in 630 home runs. He played the bad guy in one of the most underrated baseball movies of all time. I used to wake up my dad playing his Nintendo 64 game early in the morning.
The Kid had a profound impact on all of baseball, but especially the sport in the Pacific Northwest. He was a critical part of the 1995 team that “saved” baseball in Seattle. His best years came with the Mariners. As such, the team took the unprecedented step to retire his number 24 throughout the organization. No Mariner at any level can wear that jersey, and that includes the Generals. Fun fact: reliever Brian Moran was the last Jackson player to sport 24.
Anyways, I had a chance to speak with manager Daren Brown about a number of subjects Sunday. We talked about Griffey, his experience managing Ichiro with the Mariners in 2010, Andy McKay, the development of Dan Altavilla as a reliever and more.
The Generals just got to Jacksonville, where the team will kick off a ten-game road trip Tuesday night. There’s not much fun in a 12-hour bus ride, but this is certainly one of the better road trips in the league. I’m certainly enjoying the view.
Sup, Jacksonville? pic.twitter.com/ybeyirqXb5
— Jackson Generals (@jacksongenerals) July 25, 2016