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Mariners Team Stores will hold several exciting events to get you in the Holiday spirit. Looking for that perfect gift for the baseball fan in your family? Be sure to stop by any of the five locations at Safeco Field, downtown Seattle, Alderwood Mall, Southcenter Mall and Bellevue Square.
HOLIDAY GIFT WITH PURCHASE
- Beginning today, receive a FREE Ken Griffey Jr. Hall of Fame Commemorative Photo Mint with a $75 merchandise purchase.
- Limited quantities, while supplies last.
DAN WILSON AUTOGRAPH SESSION
- Meet Mariners legend Dan Wilson on Friday 12/6 from 6:00-7:30 pm at the Bellevue Team Store.
SEASON TICKET HOLDER SHOPPING WEEKEND
- Saturday 12/7 and Sunday 12/8 from 10:00-5:00 pm at the Safeco Field Team Store
- 25% off all merchandise (certain exclusions apply)
- Get a FREE personalized cap with any purchase
HOT STOVE LEAGUE LIVE REMOTE BROADCAST
- Friday 12/13 from 7:00-9:00 pm at the Bellevue Team Store
- Host Rick Rizzs along with special guest Mike Blowers will have interviews with guests from around the game.
- Prizes will be given out throughout the evening!
MEET SANTA MOOSE!
- Bellevue Team Store – Friday 12/13 from 7:00-8:00 pm
- Southcenter Team Store – Sunday 12/15 from 1:00-2:00 pm
- Alderwood Team Store – Sunday 12/15 from 4:00-5:00 pm
CHARLIE FURBUSH AUTOGRAPH SESSION
- Meet Mariners pitcher Charlie Furbush on Saturday 12/14 from 2:00-3:30 pm at the Alderwood Team Store.
CARTER CAPPS AUTOGRAPH SESSION
- Meet Mariners pitcher Carter Capps on Saturday 12/28 from 2:00-3:30 pm at the Southcenter Team Store.
For most Mariners fans, you have vivid memories a young teenager running onto the field for the first time in 1989. And today The Kid is turning 44, my how time flies. So here is a big Happy Birthday wish to everyone’s favorite Mariner, Ken Griffey Jr. On social media, be sure to wish him a happy birthday, and if you have not done so, you must follow his Instagram account (trust us on this one)!
And here is another fun tidbit. Nov. 21 is also the birthday of Hall of Famer Stan Musial…and get this, both were born in Donora, Pennsylvania! What are the odds of that? Two Hall of Famers (Jr. is eligible for the HOF in 2016) born on the same day (Nov. 21) in the same small town outside of Cincinnati (49 years apart).
FUN FACT: Not only do Ken Griffey Jr. & Stan Musial share the same birthday, but they also share the same birthplace, Donora, Pennsylvania!—
FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) November 21, 2013
The past weekend at Safeco Field was very special because of the return of Ken Griffey Jr. for his induction to the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame. With Ken, Edgar Martinez, Randy Johnson, Jay Buhner, Alvin Davis and Dan Wilson, the other members of the Mariners HOF, there was a lot of history on diamond.
Ken’s resume is filled with statistics, records, awards and accomplishments that are certainly Cooperstown-worthy, ranking among the best of all-time. The many behind-the-scenes stories that were told were also highly entertaining.
There is one “baseball list” that may best capture the essence of Ken Griffey Jr. better than all the numbers and his place in the game’s history – that is the company that he keeps. In 1999, Major League Baseball selected the All-Century Team, which included ten outfielders. Take a few minutes to read and think about this list of players:
MLB All-Century Team – Outfielders
And……………Ken Griffey Jr.
That pretty much says it all.
- Randy Adamack
The Mariners host the Brewers in the second game of a three-game series tonight at Safeco Field. Prior to the game, a special ceremony will be held inducting Ken Griffey Jr. into the Mariners Hall of Fame.
Here is an information packet we put together on Junior that chronicles his legendary career:
And here is all the information for tonight’s game:
Game #116: Seattle Mariners (53-62) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (50-66) | 6:20 p.m. | Safeco Field
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (10-5, 2.75) vs. LHP Tom Gorzelanny (2-4, 2.78)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also available at Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT Sports…also available via MLB.tv (outside Mariners TV territory)
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Game Information: Mariners | Brewers | Mariners-Brewers History
Game Notes & Statistics:
Beginning today, exclusive Nike Ken Griffey Jr. Hall of Fame merchandise is on sale at all Mariners Team Stores (Safeco Field, Downtown Seattle (at 4th & Stewart), Bellevue Square, Southcenter Mall & Alderwood Mall along with all ballpark locations.
Here is a list of the awesome gear you can pick up with the likeness of #24:
- Griffey HOF Snapback Cap $30 (navy/teal)
- Adult Cooperstown Griffey HOF T-shirt $29 (royal)
- Adult Griffey HOF Caricature T-shirt $29 (navy)
- Adult Griffey HOF T-shirt $29 (navy)
- Women’s Cooperstown Griffey HOF T-shirt $31 (royal)
Join us here at the Mariners as we celebrate the career of Ken Griffey Jr. all week long! This Saturday, Aug. 10, Junior will be inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame during a special pregame ceremony.
Beginning at 5:30 p.m., Griffey will join Alvin Davis (1997), Dave Niehaus (2000), Jay Buhner (2004), Edgar Martinez (2007), Randy Johnson (2012) and Dan Wilson (2012) to become the seventh member of the Mariners Hall of Fame. In honor of the occasion, the first 20,000 fans to arrive at Safeco Field will take home a Ken Griffey Jr. “Mariners Hall of Fame” Bobblehead, presented by ROOT Sports. Griffey will also throw out the game’s ceremonial first pitch.
But before Griffey is inducted in the Mariners Hall of Fame, a luncheon will be held Friday, Aug. 9 in support of a newly-created endowment in Griffey’s name at Seattle Children’s Hospital. The Ken Griffey Jr. Family Endowment for Pediatric Cancer Research is an extension of the Ken Griffey Jr. Family Foundation, which supports children’s hospitals in Seattle, Cincinnati and Florida, and Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The endowment will help to fund clinical research and trials of innovative treatment of pediatric cancers at Seattle Children’s Hospital. In addition, limited edition Ken Griffey Jr. commemorative bats were made available for purchase and 100 percent of the proceeds from their sale support the Seattle Children’s Ken Griffey Jr. Family Pediatric Cancer Endowment. The bat is a replica of the glossy black bat that Griffey used during his 22-year Major League Baseball career, and also features a laser-engraved, hand painted “Swingman” logo, the number 24, and Griffey’s authentic signature on the barrel. Only 1,000 bats were created.
Later on Friday after the Mariners play the Milwaukee Brewers, the second Fireworks Night of the season will take place. The Mariners have partnered with Pyro Spectaculars, the same company who produces the New Year’s Eve at the Space Needle extravaganza, for these shows set to music. But in honor of this weekend, we will pay tribute to Mariners legends with a special “Mariners Hall of Fame” themed show. You won’t want to miss it!
Even if you cannot make it to the Hall of Fame events this weekend, fans can still show their support for Griffey throughout the week using their Twitter or Instagram accounts. Using the #ThanksJr tag, fans can post messages and photos for Junior, and they may end up on MarinersVision during the games.
The Mariners Hall of Fame was created in 1997 to honor players, staff and other individuals that have significantly contributed to the history of the Mariners franchise and the Northwest community. The Hall of Fame is located on the Main Concourse of Safeco Field with the Northwest Baseball Museum.
- Caitlin Doxsie, Mariners PR Intern
For 11 seasons, sports fans in the Northwest enjoyed watching one of the best all-around players in Major League Baseball history, Ken Griffey Jr. In 2009-2010, fans had a chance to share with him the final days of his future Hall of Fame career.
And now today we are thrilled to announce Junior will become the seventh member of the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame when he is inducted during a pre-game ceremony on Saturday, August 10, 2013.
Junior will join Alvin Davis, Dave Niehaus, Jay Buhner, Edgar Martinez, Randy Johnson and Dan Wilson in the Mariners Hall of Fame.
Here is a fun pictorial look at Griffey’s legendary career in a Mariners uniform.
Happy 43rd Birthday Junior! On this day in 1969, Ken Griffey Jr. was born in Donora, Pennsylvania.
And it is also the birthday of Hall of Famer Stan “The Man” Musial, who played 22 years with the St. Louis Cardinals. And get this, Musial was also born in Donora, the small suburb just outside of Pittsburgh. If you are doing the math at home, that’s 1,105 career Major League home runs between Griffey Jr. (630 HR) and Musial (475 HR).
On Sept. 14, 1990 at Angel Stadium, Ken Griffey Jr. and Ken Griffey Sr. became this first (and only) father and son to hit back-to-back home runs in a Major League game…the elder Griffey started things with a 2-run home run to left-center field in the first inning off Angels starter Kirk McCaskill, and Junior followed with a home run to the same area.
The Mariners are in the midst of a 10-day, nine-game road trip to New York, Baltimore and Las Angeles. This is already the Mariners fourth road trip of nine game or more this season, and that doesn’t include the season-opening trip to Japan to take on the A’s, and a pair of Japanese clubs.
When Seattle flies home on Sunday afternoon, the team will already have travelled about 46,000 miles through the air, and an additional 420 miles by train (from New York to Boston on an earlier trip, and from New York to Baltimore on this one).
While it is always tough for the team to be away from Safeco Field, there are things you only see on the road. Here’s a few:
BIG CITY, BIG CLUBHOUSE…Old Yankee Stadium (the “House that Ruth Built”) had a lot going for it: history, Hall of Famers and championships, but a nice visiting clubhouse didn’t make the list. New Yankee Stadium (the “Palace that George Built”) has a big visiting clubhouse (pictured) and, rumor has it, a palatial home clubhouse. Given how much time players spend in the clubhouse on the road, it’s nice that the new stadium actually has enough lockers, and a place to sit down, for everyone.
WOW, HE LOOKS GOOD FOR HIS AGE…Taking the field for batting practice in New York, fans saw a man in a #40, Chambliss jersey jogging out to the outfield. A few of the younger fans starting yelling “Chris, Chris” trying to get an autograph. Hard to tell if Russell, Chris Chambliss’s mid-30s son, was complimented or just confused to be mixed up with his dad, Mariners hitting coach Chris, who retired from playing in 1988…at the age of 40. Russell, who played in the Yankees organization from 1997-99, was visiting and helped shag in the outfield during BP.
HE REALLY DOES IT ALL…The first day in New York, Seattle media were amused, New York media bemused (or just confused), to have their credentials checked at the visiting clubhouse door by Felix Hernandez. Felix had wandered outside to say hello to the longtime clubhouse door guard and was standing there at 3:30 pm, when the clubhouse opened to media. Always happy to assist, he checked passes and helped media sign in as they entered to talk to players pre-game.
OLD FRIENDS…Seattle media, players and staff were happy to catch up with a handful of media they hadn’t seen in a week or so…after seeing the same group nearly every day for 10 years. Five Japanese “beat” reporters moved to New York when Ichiro was traded on July 23. After being in Seattle for more than a decade, they are adjusting to New York and covering the Yankees.
ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK…For the second time this season, the Mariners left New York by train, rather than flying to the next city. Earlier this season, Seattle travelled by train to Boston. This time, the team boarded a chartered train to Baltimore. With Philadelphia native, and New York off-season resident Dave Sims providing play-by-play the team took a very smooth 2-hour ride from New York to Baltimore. The train travelled through New Jersey and Philadelphia (“historic Franklin Field on your right!”) on its way to Baltimore. Train trivia: The team left Penn Station in New York, and arrived at Penn Station in Baltimore. We did not pass through Penn Station in Philadelphia, as there is no Penn Station in Philadelphia.
GOOD SPOT FOR A SPORTS BAR…When TVs in New York and Baltimore were not playing pre-game scouting video, they were filled with the Olympics — usually two or three channels worth – pre and post-game. As Mariners players come from a variety of countries, there were a variety of rooting interests, and a variety of popular sports. Perhaps not surprisingly, soccer and basketball were very popular. Somewhat surprising was how much passion ended up being expended on swimming, volleyball and water polo.
SINCE WE SHOWED YOU THE OTHER ONE…Here’s a look at Baltimore’s visiting clubhouse. A very comfortable clubhouse run by longtime clubhouse manager Fred Tyler. Fred, who has been in charge of the visiting clunhouse since 1984, is part of the Tyler dynasty in Baltimore. His brother, Jim, has run the home clubhouse since 1979 after starting with the team as a clubhouse boy in 1962. They both worked with, or for, their father with the Orioles, and are a part of 11 Tyler children who worked for the Orioles at some point.
HE’S BIG EVERYWHERE…the Orioles home park (officially, Oriole Park at Camden Yards) is perhaps best known for the warehouse visible beyond right field. The B&O Warehouse is 439-feet from home plate (down the line), across Eutaw Street. Built between 1898-1905, the warehouse is the longest building on the East Coast at 1016-feet, but is only 51-feet wide. Ken Griffey Jr. became the first player to hit the warehouse on the fly, a feat commemorated by a plaque on the wall of the warehouse (pictured).