Griffey Weekend Underway in Seattle
Saturday, August 6 vs. Angels
Season Ticket Holder Gate (RF Gate) Opening: 2:40 p.m.
All Gates Open: 3:40 p.m.
Ken Griffey Jr. Number Retirement Ceremony: 5:30 p.m.
First Pitch: 6:40 p.m.
Sunday, August 7 vs. Angels
All Gates Open: 10:40 a.m.
First Pitch: 1:10 p.m.
The I-90 bridge will be closed intermittently throughout the weekend for Seafair festivities. Make your plans to arrive early to Safeco Field.
The Mariners will honor Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. over the course of Griffey Weekend this Friday – Sunday at Safeco Field. The highlight of Griffey Weekend will be the Ken Griffey Jr. Number Retirement Ceremony prior to Saturday night’s game vs. the Angels. Junior’s number 24 will become the first number of a Mariners player ever retired by the franchise.
“For a team to do that is the ultimate sign of respect for what you did on the field,” Griffey said Friday in a news conference at Safeco Field. “It’s overwhelming, humbling because of the number of the guy [Jackie Robinson] who I’m going up next to. He basically sacrificed his life for guys to play. It’s a weird feeling because of what he’s done to allow everyone to play this game and I’m going to be right next to him, so I haven’t really had a total grasp on it. I’m going to enjoy it…It’s an unbelievable honor. I don’t take it lightly that they’re doing this.”
Junior was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 24 in Cooperstown, New York. On Friday, Griffey compared his emotions in preparation for Saturday’s ceremony at Safeco Field to his anticipation of joining the greats of the game in Cooperstown.
“I got to share a little bit of my story with 50,000 people [in Cooperstown],” Griffey said. “I get to do it again tomorrow [Saturday]. It’s just that these 50,000 have seen me play up close for years on a regular basis. It’s a big deal. I don’t take what I do lightly, and tomorrow is definitely one of those things. It’s special. It’s pretty neat. I get to enjoy it with the people who have seen me from a teenager to a 40-year-old.”
Junior had a busy day in Seattle on Friday. It began with him raising a “24” flag atop the Space Needle in the morning. Later at Safeco Field, Griffey spoke at a luncheon to support Seattle Children’s Hospital before catching up with long-time friends, including his former teammate and Mariners hitting coach Edgar Martinez.
Saturday is shaping up to be another special day at Safeco Field, around Seattle and throughout the Northwest as we celebrate The Kid.
Scenes from Friday in Seattle