Sights and Sounds from Cooperstown
Hall of Fame weekend has arrived.
After being elected to the Hall of Fame with 99.3 percent of the vote – the highest percentage of any Hall of Famer in history – Ken Griffey Jr. will join the legends of the game, past and present, in the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday.
“I grew up playing this game. I just wanted to continue to play it…It allowed me to be where I am now,” Griffey said earlier today when meeting with reporters in Cooperstown, New York.
Coverage of the 2016 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony from Cooperstown starts on Sunday, July 24 at 9:00 a.m. PT on MLB Network leading up to the ceremony itself beginning at 10:30 a.m. PT.
Junior arrived in Cooperstown on Thursday and met with Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson.
Later that day, Ken Griffey Sr. met with reporters. In some ways, he is just another proud father. But Griffey Sr. and Griffey Jr. share a special bond in that they were able to play together in the same outfield with the Mariners.
“It’s been an amazing trip,” Griffey Sr. told reporters. “Watching him grow and get better every year — I really didn’t find out how good he was until I ended up playing left field in Seattle and found out how much ground he could cover, what kind of player he was, what kind of offensive player he was.”
After the Hall of Fame closed to the public late Friday evening, Junior, accompanied by family and close friends, received a private tour of the Hall. It was the first time in his life that Griffey had set foot inside the Hall of Fame.
“Quite interesting, knowing from here on out that I’m going to be in there,” Griffey told reporters this morning. “I got the tour before I got to all the plaques, then I went down the rows and looked at the guys I played against and my dad played against. It was pretty interesting to look at that and look where I’m going to be for the rest of my life and then some.”
Scenes from Cooperstown