Thursday, June 3, 2010
The Kid Calls It Quits
After coming to The Show in 1989, Ken Griffey, Jr. is hanging up the cleats and heading into retirement. On pace to be one of the greatest baseball players the world has ever seen, Griffey encountered a few injuries that hampered his abilities towards the end of his career. Griffey was not at Safeco Field for Wednesday's game, and issued a statement telling his team he was retiring, effective immediately.
A 10-time Gold Glove winner, 13 All-Star appearances, savior of the sport in the northwest United States, and 630 home runs throughout his career make Griffey one of the most sacred players to ever grace the diamond.
As everyone was I'm sure, when Griffey signed back with the Mariners, I was ecstatic. He was baseball to that entire state in the nineties. When I was in grammar school, I had like 4 folders in my backpack that had Griffey on them. Seeing him walk away from baseball physically pains me. Good luck, Kid. Baseball won't be the same.