24 Stories – The Griffeys

In a storybook career, one of Ken Griffey Jr.‘s favorite memories was the chance to play in the same outfield as his father. Junior and Senior shared a flair for the dramatic, hitting back-to-back home runs in the top of the 1st inning on September 14, 1990 in Anaheim. The Griffeys are the only father-son duo in Major League history to hit home runs in the same game.

#15 – The Griffeys

“They asked me, ‘Would you mind if your dad came over here?’ I was like, ‘No, it would be fun.’ When he got here, we got to hang out and he pulled me aside. He goes, ‘Hey, this is your team, not mine. I’m just here to watch you play. I get a front-row seat every night to watch you play.’ I learned how to hit playing with him. I watched him set up pitchers. It was easy for me to go, ‘Okay, I can take this. I can take that. I could use this.’ But it was certain things that he did at the plate that I really focused on. He made going to the ballpark fun.” – Ken Griffey Jr.

“He kind of emulates me a little bit. He swings sort of like I do, but he has both hands on the bat as they would probably say a lot. I have a tendency to take my hand off, but he doesn’t and he hits for a lot more power.” – Ken Griffey Sr.

“The two Griffeys hit back-to-back home runs – father and son – I almost cried just seeing it.” – Mike Jackson

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.

Mariners Gameday Information – July 30 at Cubs

Game Information

Lineup

Game #102 (7/30): Mariners (51-50) vs.  Cubs (62-40) 11:20 am PST | Wrigley Field
Starting Pitchers: LHP Wade Miley   (6-8, 5.23) vs. RHP Jake Arrieta (12-4, 2.76)
Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (MLB.tv subscribers)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
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24 Stories – The Idol

Ken Griffey Jr. drew the next generation of baseball players to the game with his grace and skill in the field, his passion for the game and his charismatic style. Take a listen as some of today’s stars share their admiration for Junior.

#14 – The Idol

“Ken Griffey Jr. – he was my idol. I think he was any kid’s idol that followed baseball, really followed sports. He brought something different to baseball.” – Macklemore

“Me and my buddies would be in the yard – I’m a righty – and I would get up there lefty just to pretend like the way he had it.” – Mike Trout

“I wanted to hit left-handed even though I was right-handed. I wanted to wear my hat backwards. I wanted to have the batting gloves flapping out of the back of my pants. That’s what it was. I wanted to be just like him. We all have people that we look up to. He showed me that I can be a player out there on the field, but I can also be myself. I don’t have to be something else that someone wants me to be.” – Andrew McCutchen

“He was the guy that you wanted to imitate your swing off of. The guy that, as soon as you hit a home run, you wanted to do the walk that he would do. I think he was the guy that you tried to model your game after, on and off the field.” – Eric Hosmer

“The swag that he had when he dropped the bat [after a home run], that’s so smooth and sweet. Griffey was the man.” – Robinson Canó

“He really was someone that I looked up to and tried to idolize.” – Alex Gordon

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Mariners Gameday Information – July 29 at Cubs

Game Information

Lineup

Game #101 (7/29): Mariners (51-49) vs.  Cubs (61-40) 11:20 am PST | Wrigley Field
Starting Pitchers:  RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (11-6, 3.96) vs. LHP Jon Lester (10-4, 3.09)
Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (MLB.tv subscribers)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Game Information: Mariners | Cubs | Mariners-Cubs History

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24 Stories – The Commercials

Whether it was a home run belted into the upper deck or a graceful catch in the outfield to take a hit away from the opposition, Ken Griffey Jr. was a fixture on highlight shows throughout his career. But Junior was also a star in front of the camera on Mariners commercials. Take a look back at some of Griffey’s more memorable commercial spots.

#13 – The Commercials

“There’s a personality aspect to every player that we try to find and have a little fun with with the fans – and with the player. It was a little intimidating coming up with ideas for Griffey commercials because a) he was such a big star, b) you wanted him to really like the ideas you put in front of him and c) there was so much to say about him [that] you didn’t know where to start. One of our favorite ones was the idea of the All-Griffey-Team. It was a little fantasy about the fact that Ken Griffey Jr. was able to play nine positions at once and still beat the opposition. The commercial was over – at least his part of it. We filmed him playing all the different positions, and he said, ‘I’ve got an idea. What if I’m a vendor selling stuff in the stands?’ I said, ‘That’s a great idea.’ So we stayed and did that, and it was a nice little button on the commercial. We did one that was a little quieter. The story was there was a sports psychologist working with a pitcher who was having a rough time. And the pitcher saw disaster on every card. And then he [Griffey] flashed that great smile. It was a privilege to work with him. You work with one of the great players of a generation, if not all-time. That doesn’t come along every day.” – Jim Copacino, Copacino+Fujikado

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24 Stories – The Year 2027

 

TATC-1Every Hall of Fame inductee has a bronze plaque, but Ken Griffey Jr. is likely the only one with a shiny glove. On July 18, 1998, the Mariners and Royals took part in Turn Ahead the Clock Night, as the Kingdome was transformed into the Biodome and the clocks were turned ahead to 2027. With the Mariners and Royal donning futuristic uniforms, Junior spray-painted his glove silver and convinced his teammates to wear their hats backwards. Today, Junior’s silver glove is a part of his display at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

#12 – The Year 2027

“I remember sitting in the Kingdome dugout and Junior came by and saying to him, ‘What if we went into the future? What if we turned the clocks forward?’ He immediately bought in. Junior helped design the uniforms, helped get the umpires on board and really set the tone in the clubhouse for full participation. On the day of the game, I remember walking into the clubhouse and Junior has Rico’s [Rossy] spikes in his hand and he’s spray-painting them silver. He’s looking at Rico, and he said, ‘Rico, we’re going into the future.’ Guys had silver spikes Junior had spray-painted. Junior had a silver glove for the night. He had Nike make him special shoes for the game. Junior said, ‘We’re also going to play the game with our caps on backwards.’ There’s a fly ball hit into the left-center field gap, and there goes Junior. He makes the grab with his silver glove, his cap on backwards and his shirt just flying in the wind.” – Kevin Martinez

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.

Mariners Gameday Information – July 27 at Pittsburgh

Game Information

Lineup

Game #100 (7/27): Mariners (51-48) vs.  Pirates (51-48) | 4:05 pm PT | PNC Park
Starting Pitchers:  LHP James Paxton (3-4, 4.18) vs. RHP Gerrit Cole (5-6, 2.99)
Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (MLB.tv subscribers)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Game Information: Mariners | Pirates | Mariners-Pirates History

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Mariners Acquire RHP Drew Storen from Toronto

The Mariners acquired right-handed pitcher Drew Storen, above, from Toronto on Tuesday in exchange for right-handed pitcher Joaquin Benoit.

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced that the club has acquired right-handed pitcher Drew Storen and cash considerations from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for right-handed pitcher Joaquin Benoit.

“Obviously, this has not been Drew’s best season, but he is closely linked to a run of great success pitching in the back end of very good bullpens,” Dipoto said. “Hopefully this serves as a change of scenery and over the next two months we can get him back on track.”

Storen, 28, was 1-3 with 3 saves and a 6.21 ERA (23 ER, 33.1 IP) with 32 strikeouts in 38 relief appearances with Toronto this season. He was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on Sunday, July 24th. In his last 21 appearances, he posted a 4.66 ERA (10 ER, 19.1 IP) with 17 strikeouts (3.44 ERA if you exclude his last outing). He was acquired by Toronto from Washington on Jan. 8, 2016 in exchange for outfielder Ben Revere.

In his first six Major League seasons, all with Washington, he was 21-13 with 95 saves and a 3.02 ERA (112 ER, 334.0 IP) with 321 strikeouts in 355 games. In his seven Major League seasons, he is 22-16 with a 3.31 ERA (135 ER, 367.1 IP) with 353 strikeouts in 393 games. He was drafted by Washington in the first round (10th overall) of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Stanford University.

Benoit, 39, was 1-1 with a 5.18 ERA (14 ER, 24.1 IP) with 28 strikeouts and 15 walks in 26 relief appearances with Seattle this season. Benoit was placed on the 15-day disabled list earlier this season on April 25 (retroactive to April 22) with right shoulder inflammation and was activated on May 17. In 15 Major League seasons, Benoit is 55-43 with a 3.87 ERA (428 ER, 994.2 IP) in 687 career games, including 55 career starts. He was acquired by Seattle from San Diego in exchange for RHP Enyel De Los Santos and INF Nelson Ward on Nov. 12, 2015.

Mariners Gameday Information – July 26 at Pittsburgh

Game Information

Lineup

Game #99 (7/26): Mariners (50-48) vs.  Pirates (51-47) | 4:05 pm PT | PNC Park
Starting Pitchers:  RHP Felix Hernandez (4-4, 3.23) vs. LHP Francisco Liriano (6-9, 4.96)
Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (MLB.tv subscribers)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Game Information: Mariners | Pirates | Mariners-Pirates History

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24 Stories – The Mythology

Few players have had a flair for the dramatic quite like Ken Griffey Jr. It was apparent from the beginning, as Junior doubled in his first Major League at-bat and homered on the first pitch of his first at-bat in the Kingdome. The legend of Junior grew with his MVP performance at the 1992 All-Star Game and his power display in the 1993 Home Run Derby at Camden Yards. Junior’s heroics were perhaps never more on display than in 1995, when he returned from a broken wrist in mid-August and helped lead the Mariners through a magical final few months of the season.

The list goes on.

#11 – The Mythology

“With Griffey sometimes, it almost seemed like he was a mythic figure that he would do something that you would only see in a comic book. His first at-bat where he gets a double. Then, his first game at the Kingdome, he gets a home run. He just did things that ordinary people didn’t do. I think of the All-Star Game in 1993 at Camden Yards where he hit the ball completely out of Camden Yards and off of the warehouse beyond right field, which was thought to be impossible. I remember that Michael Jordan was at that game…How great a scene is that to have the mythic figure of his time in Michael Jordan wowed by something that Ken Griffey Jr. did.” – Larry Stone, The Seattle Times

“I don’t think there was a player that I’ve seen in my lifetime that had a better flair for the dramatic. If it’s Opening Night, he put on a show. If it’s Father’s Day, he put on a show. That was the thing with Ken. You’d go to the ballpark every night and wait for it, and he delivered.” Kevin Martinez, Seattle Mariners

“To my mind, the thing that sort of captures the magic of Ken Griffey Jr. was the last game in the Kingdome. He hit a home run. He made a spectaular catch. How quintessentially Griffey, that theatrical ability to rise to the occasion. When the moment was big, he was bigger.” – Jim Copacino, Copacino+Fujikado

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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