Junior Returns Home

Welcome back Mr. Griffey (terren/Flickr).

Welcome back Mr. Griffey (terren/Flickr).

Thankfully something finally makes sense in what has been a very confusing and disturbing winter for Major League Baseball. Ken Griffey Jr. has agreed to come back to Seattle where he started his miraculous career 20 years ago.

The deal is a reported one-year, $2 million deal with $2.5 million in incentives based on at-bats and the amount of attendance he draws (he is expected to bring in an additional 200,000 fans this season).

Not only is this great for baseball in general, but it’s great for Mariner fans who have had very little to cheer for the past couple of seasons. There’s been Ichiro and that’s about it. Bedard didn’t do anything, “King Felix” still hasn’t been as royal as expected and most of the roster is overpaid and under performs. Basically Seattle has gone in the wrong direction over the past few seasons and at least this will give fans something to cheer for.

I know I for one am happy to see him back where I have the fondest memories of him.

By Matthew Whipps
The Diamond Cutter
Major & Minor League Baseball Columnist

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3 Responses to Junior Returns Home

  1. notoriousbud says:

    Thank goodness he is back, Seattle fans couldn’t stand to have their hearts broken again.

  2. I agree. Seattle fans have been through enough over the past few years (in all sports) and deserve to at least have the best player to ever play for them come back home to end his career.

    I hated seeing him in a White Sox uniform. Mostly because I hate the White Sox, but that’s a whole different story.

  3. Scott says:

    I was living in Cincinnati when he went to the Reds. The town welcomed him as a returning son and conquering hero. I went to more than a few games that first year or two he was there. It was sad to watch year after year of injury plagued seasons, which Reds fans grew impatient with. He was always, always classy in dealing with what had to be incredible frustration. I’m happy for him and Mariners fans.

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