24 Stories – The Wish

Ken Griffey Jr.‘s impact on the game of baseball is unmistakable, but his impact on the community is just as profound. Throughout his career, Junior made it a priority to spend time with children from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club, Seattle Children’s Hospital and other organizations.

#16 – The Wish

“Ken wasn’t looking for the pat on the back or the press that he was doing this. He was genuinely concerned about these young children and what they were going through and wanted that moment to be intimate and special between he and the kids.” – Kevin Martinez

“Junior would just shut everything down. It would be no media was allowed, no reporters, no other photographers were able to do anything to document any of it. It was truly just a one-on-one situation with the kid.” – Ben VanHouten

“He made it an event. He put his whole heart and soul into these kids. He spent afternoons with them, evenings, sometimes, the game was about to start and he was still with a kid. The Mariners had to tell him, ‘Hey, the game’s gonna start,’ because he just had a connection. It was in his heart that he wanted to give these kids the experiences of a lifetime, and that’s what he tried to make it.” – 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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