24 Stories – The Way to Play

Ken Griffey Jr. had one gear on the baseball field: full-speed. Whether it was gliding around the bases to score from 1st on a double or chasing down a would-be extra-base hit in the gap, Junior dominated the game with speed and grace on the diamond.

#17 – The Way to Play

“He had this penchant for getting hurt a little bit. I kept telling him, ‘Junior, shy away from it.’ He said, ‘That’s the way I play baseball.'” – Lou Piniella

“Watching how hard he played on the field every single day, I really enjoyed many of the great plays he made, robbing home runs and diving on the Astro Turf, which is not an easy thing to do. But he played really hard.” – Edgar Martinez

“He always talks about he just loves the game, and that’s why he did it. ‘It’s fun to play the game and as long as I’m having fun, I’ll keep doing it.’ There was nobody that had more fun than him on a baseball field.” – Kevin Martinez

“I enjoy what I do. That’s the biggest thing. I enjoy running out at the ballpark. Sunny days outside, things like that, I enjoy being outside, and doing something I love makes it that much better.” – Ken Griffey Jr.

“Even though there were tremendous individual moments, I think it will be sort of this mental image of the greatest player of his time playing the game with joy and love.” – Larry Stone

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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