It is not his role with the team, it is his personality in a clubhouse.
"At home, there's lots of times I don't say a word," Griffey insists.
Around teammates, however, he is rarely quiet. He can be a clown and a confidante, a cheerleader and a practical joker. And he be all those things on any given day - in any given 20-minute stretch
Reliever Mark Lowe will never forget something Griffey did a few months ago."I'd just been shelled, given up about five runs and I felt like crap," Lowe said. "I'm walking up the tunnel toward the clubhouse and he's walking toward the dugout.
"I wasn't sure he knew who I was. I mean he'd talked to me, but we weren't great friends or anything.
"Ken stopped and hugged me, told me it would be all right and I'd have other chances to help the team. It meant a lot to me, this Hall of Fame player reaching out to me.
"I'll never forget the moment."