Anybody who saw Ken Griffey Jr. on Saturday night was not surprised to see him cry like a kid Sunday afternoon. On the eve of his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Mariners held a lavish gala for Griffey at a local art museum flanking Oswego Lake. When former team president Chuck Armstrong introduced Griffey to the dinner guests, he broke down before speaking a word.
Ken Griffey Jr. choked up several times Sunday as the Seattle Mariners legend delivered an emotional acceptance speech during the induction ceremony at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
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Rickey Henderson, Pedro Martinez and Barry Larkin were a few of the former players who wanted to offer a little advice to Ken Griffey Jr. on his Hall of Fame speech, which he'll give Sunday in Cooperstown.
Griffey had a private tour of the room that will immortalize his baseball legacy. It’s where his likeness will be among the 314 plaques in that famous room in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. His will be the first player’s plaque with a Seattle Mariners cap (and it will face forward).
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Ken Griffey Jr. spoke to the media on Saturday. He said he doesn't have his speech for Sunday fully written, but it sounds like he'll talk about one of his Mariners teammates who he thinks should join him in the Hall of Fame.
Ken Griffey Jr. wore hit hat backward because he would wear his father’s hat, which was too big for him. It stuck, even as the 5 or 7 year old at the time, Ken Griffey Sr. recalls. Griffey Sr. also spoke from Cooperstown on Sunday about his son’s relationship with the younger generation, now that Griffey Jr. is MLB’s youth ambassador.