Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for Ken Griffey Jr. [VIDEO]
I have been to a couple dozen games in the Kingdome and Safeco Field over the years, but I've never attended a game more special than this past Saturday night. The player that sparked a generation to love the game of baseball, Ken Griffey Jr. became the seventh player inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame.
My friends and I watched from Pyramid Brewery across 1st Ave. Saturday afternoon as people began lining up to get their Ken Griffey Jr. Bobbleheads. They were all gone within a few minutes of the gates opening. Just a small portion of the festivities for the evening.
Late Mariners announcer, Dave Niehaus once dubbed it it, "The house that Griffey built" so it was only right that Safeco field was packed for the evening. A special ceremony took place down on the field prior to the game against the Brewers. Featuring Rick Rizz hosting, there were numerous video tributes from the likes of Ken Griffey Sr., Willie Mays, Mike Trout, and numerous of Ken's teammates in Seattle including Randy Johnson, Jay Buhner, Edgar Martinez, Dan Wilson and Ichiro Suzuki.
I know there is no crying in baseball, but for one night that rule was broken by almost everyone in attendance. The game was absolutely terrible as the M's got smashed 10-0, so we'll just forget about that. Instead, lets relive the entire pregame ceremony.