24 Stories – The Prankster

Ken Griffey Jr. was renowned amongst his teammates for practical jokes, including the above prank Junior played on longtime teammate and close friend, Jay Buhner.

Ken Griffey Jr. was known as The Kid for more than one reason. He was renowed for his play on the field, as well as the playful tricks he played on teammates. Jay Buhner, Junior’s longtime teammate and close friend,  recalls one prank in particular.

“So he got a bunch of big huge foam different-colored cowboy hats, and when I was going from the on-deck circle to home plate, of course they did the music and the game stopped for a second. Everybody stood up on the top step with all the foam hats. I had to chuckle a little bit.” – Jay Buhner

#8 – The Prankster

“It’s baseball. You spend 200 days with somebody. You’ve got to do something to lighten the mood.” – Ken Griffey Jr.

“You can never let your guard down – head always on a swivel – because he was always up to no good.” – Jay Buhner

Visit Mariners.com/24stories to check out a new story each day as we count down to Junior’s number retirement at Safeco Field on August 6.

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