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In this Oct. 8, 1995, file photo, Seattle Mariners’ Ken Griffey Jr. smiles from beneath a pile of teammates who mobbed him after he scored the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees in Seattle. Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu says Griffey Jr. is retiring. Wakamatsu made the announcement before Wednesday night’s game against the Minnesota Twins. Griffey’s retirement is effective immediately. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
Question: Can you think of a greater moment in Seattle Mariners’ history than Ken Griffey Jr’s dash from first on Edgar Martinez’s double that won the 1995 playoffs with the New York Yankees?
Seattle Mariners’ Ken Griffey Jr., left, and Milton Bradley share a laugh in the dugout as the team takes a lead against the Minnesota Twins in the fourth inning during a baseball game Tuesday in Seattle. Manager Don Wakamatsu told reporters at 4 p.m. that he had been informed that Griffey would be calling it quits. He was not at Safeco Field and was not expected to attend Wednesday’s game. Story here. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Question: Which memory do you have of Ken Griffey Jr. is your favorite?
Here’s a scene we haven’t seen much this year. Seattle Mariners’ Ken Griffey Jr., left, who reportedly slept during a possible pinch-hitting situation earlier this month, is mobbed by teammates including Ichiro Suzuki, right, after Griffey hit the game-winning, RBI pinch-hit single in the ninth inning a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays earlier today in Seattle. Milton Bradley scored on the hit, which gave the Mariners a 4-3 win. Story here. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
(New Brit Prime Minister David) Cameron, who is 43, was being treated as astonishing because he is so young. In fact, leaders of major nations aren’t often as young as David Cameron. Teddy Roosevelt at 42 and John F. Kennedy at 43 were the youngest U.S. presidents when they entered the Oval Office. So political reporters were buzzing the other day over that 43-year-old Cameron kid and his young wife. Meanwhile, the sports writers repeatedly referred to (Ken Griffey Jr.) as “the 40-year-old Griffey” with an implied exclamation point. They were saying that “Junior” is much too far into his baseball dotage to be feebly swinging a major league bat. Those bats are heavy. The poor old guy is going to hurt himself if somebody doesn’t get him out of the game in time/Bill Hall, Lewiston Tribune. More here.
Question: Are there other professions, besides sports, where a relatively young 40-something is considered too old?
Twenty-two years into the Mariners beat, things have gotten a little difficult for News Tribune reporter Larry LaRue. It was LaRue who reported on Monday that Mariner Ken Griffey Jr. was snoozing during Saturday’s game against the Angels, spawning nationwide coverage and local disappointment in one of the team’s most promising players. And a case of the cold shoulder. After a players-only meeting Tuesday, Mariners players refused to talk to LaRue, with pitcher Cliff Lee going as far as to interrupt a news conference until LaRue left the room, ESPN and other media have reported/Monica Guzman, Seattle P-I Blogs. More here. And LaRue’s story today here.
Question: Do you think more or less of the Mariners for giving the cold shoulder to the Tacoma News-Tribune reporter who reported that Ken Griffey Jr. was recently sleeping in the clubhouse while the team needed a pinchhitter?
Seattle Mariners’ Ken Griffey Jr. flies out to end the baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in the ninth inning Thursday in an 8-0 loss to the Rays in Seattle. Seattle P-I columnist Art Thiel discusses a recent incident in which Griffey was in the clubhouse asleep late in a game when he was needed to pinchhit — and suggests that it’s time that Junior retires. Column here. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) Question: Have you ever fallen asleep at work?
Seattle Mariners’ Ken Griffey Jr. flies out to end the baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in the ninth inning Thursday in an 8-0 loss to the Rays in Seattle. Seattle P-I columnist Art Thiel discusses a recent incident in which Griffey was in the clubhouse asleep late in a game when he was needed to pinchhit — and suggests that it’s time that Junior retires. Column here. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Question: Have you ever fallen asleep at work?
Former Seattle Mariners Jay Buhner, Dan Wilson, Randy Johnson and Edgar Martinez, from left, and current Mariner Ken Griffey Jr. gather after Johnson threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Mariners’ baseball game against the Oakland Athletics this afternoon. The M’s are currently trailing the A’s 4-0 in the seventh. (AP Photo)
Question: Are any of these current and former Mariner players your all-time favorite Mariner player?