Ken Griffey Jr., one of the most talented players of all time, retired this afternoon. He did it in style – on his own accord.
As a fan of the No. 5 home run hitter of all time, even though he played 22 seasons, he’s left me wanting just a little bit more. No, I don’t expect 30 home runs or a World Series title. What I want is one last hit, RBI and/or home run.
I remember when John Kruk retired. He got a single, asked for a pinch runner and walked off the field forever.
Ken Griffey Jr. did what regular ballplayers do at the age of 40 – they get old. He’s never been linked to performance enhancing drugs and it shows in his career statistics.
I would have liked one more hit, but will be content to live with the memories. He’s a first ballot hall of famer and it was a joy to watch one of his 630 home runs scream over my head in 1996 as I sat in the first row of the right field upper deck at the Metrodome.