Behind Michael Jordan, Ken Griffey Jr. likely ranks as my favorite athlete of the 1990′s. For good reason, too. The Braves were/still are my favorite team, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t find myself pulling for the Mariners back when they had Randy Johnson (with the mullet), a very young Alex Rodriguez and KGJ24. They were baseball’s version of Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin…minus the championships and drugs (well, A-Rod had yet to…nevermind).
Once the trio disbanded and Griff migrated to the Midwest and became more known for his injuries than homers, I still supported dude. All was proven right in the world when I learned he’d finish his career where it started. Well, it looks like homie has at least 162 more games in him as he’s decided to lace up the cleats for one more campaign.
Ken Griffey Jr. has reached agreement on a one-year deal to return to the Seattle Mariners in 2010, according to a baseball source.
The deal is similar to the 2009 contract that paid Griffey a base salary of $2 million and earned him $3.15 million total with incentives, the source said.
The Mariners are expected to make the official announcement Wednesday before the conclusion of the general managers’ meetings in Chicago.
Currently sitting fifth all time at 630 home runs, he’ll likely end up with around 650 at next season’s end if my predictions are correct (I’m no Peter Gammons). Yet and still, I’ll always be left to wonder how many he would really have had it not been for those years in Cincinnati. Regardless of what his true legacy will amount to, one thing is for sure.
Griffey had, BY FAR, the illest swing and baseball sneaker of all time. I dare you to disagree.