A little before 9 a.m., with the Seattle Mariners clubhouse quietly awaiting the televised statement of Tiger Woods, the atmosphere changed dramatically - Ken Griffey Jr. walked in.
Rookies stared, pitchers lined up to greet him and coaches came out of their office. Laughter followed.
"I knew he was coming in, andI knew when he got here - it got real loud," manager Don Wakamatsu said. "It's just good to see him again."
Junior arrived clad in 'casual sportswear,' as he described it - a sweatsuit and a hat he called 'a bucket.' And he shook hands, shared hugs - even general manager Jack Zduriencik got one - and had players smiling where ever he went.
Rookie catcher Steven Baron, 19, never took his eyes off Griffey.
"I watched (daughter) Taryn's basketball game last night and flew in this morning," Junior said.
How's the surgically repaired knee?
"Well, I ain't limping, and last spring I was," he said. "That's a good start."
After greeting newcomers Cliff Lee and Brandon League, Griffey showed he hadn't lost his memory. Lee, with Cleveland at the time, once put a pitch behind Junior's head in a 2004 interleague game.
"I'm going to throw bunting practice to the pitchers," Griffey said, smiling. "And I'm going to put one right behind that guy's head."
He pointed at Lee, who laughed.