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John McGrath: Ken Griffey Jr. shed some tears, showing he cares

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.

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No disrespect: Why Ken Griffey Jr. would wear his hat backward

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.

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VIDEO: Ken Griffey Jr. says idea to turn hat backward wasn't his

Ken Griffey Jr. said he wasn’t going to end speech with cap backward until persuaded. Idea came from another Hall of Famer.
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VIDEO: Ken Griffey Jr. says idea to turn hat backward wasn't his 0:50

VIDEO: Ken Griffey Jr. says idea to turn hat backward wasn't his

WATCH: MLB peers offer Ken Griffey Jr. advice for Hall-of-Fame speech 2:36

WATCH: MLB peers offer Ken Griffey Jr. advice for Hall-of-Fame speech

VIDEO: Ken Griffey Jr. hints he'll advocate Edgar Martinez in Hall of Fame speech 0:24

VIDEO: Ken Griffey Jr. hints he'll advocate Edgar Martinez in Hall of Fame speech

WATCH: Ken Griffey Sr. talks favorite Junior moment, playing with son, 'ugly' batting stance 6:21

WATCH: Ken Griffey Sr. talks favorite Junior moment, playing with son, 'ugly' batting stance