Monday, April 12, 2010
I had plenty of great experiences photographing Major League Baseball's Cactus League Spring Training season, but there was nothing better than the opportunity to watch and photograph Seattle Mariner DH and future hall of famer Ken Griffey Jr.
"Junior," at 40, appears to be on the home strech of his playing career, and he is going to complete it in the same city he started it in, my birth city, Seattle Washington. I was also pleased to have had the opportunity to watch his father, Ken Sr. play while I was growing up, but the younger Griffey has been a player like no other. With the exception of Reggie (Mr. October) Jackson, I've never seen such a smooth left-handed swing in the game from a player in my lifetime.
On March 27, 2010 at the Peoria Sports Complex I watched in amazement through the lens of my camera as Junior launched a grand slam home run in an exhibition game against his and his fathers former team, the Cincinnati Reds, to win the game for his Seattle Mariners.
That may have been the last time I see him up close in person during his playing career, but I look forward to see him eventually being inducted into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, perhaps as a member of the Class of 2016, which will be his first year of eligibility if he hangs it up after this season. Preferably wearing a Seattle Mariners cap.