Bought by the Blood

June 4, 2010

Ken Griffey Jr. Retires

Filed under: baseball,Fatherhood — cubsfan1980 @ 10:20 pm
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There is nothing more all american than baseball.  As I think about fatherhood, one of the iconic pictures that comes to mind is a father and son or father and daughter having an evening round of catch after dinner.  There have been several father-son duos in baseball, but one of the most memorable is Ken Griffey Jr. and Sr.  Junior retired earlier this week and it was almost like a chapter on my childhood closed.  One of the most memorable moments of Griffey’s career came in 1990 when him and his father made history by not just playing together, but also hitting back to back homeruns.  Here is an excerpt from a piece that Sporting News did on the top moments of Jr.’s career.

August 31, 1990 – Playing With His Dad
September 14, 1990 – Back-to-Back Homers
In his second season in the Majors, Junior was joined mid-season in Seattle by his father. On August 31st of that year, the two took the field together for the first time, with Senior playing left and Junior in center. They both went 1-4 on the day and each scored a run.

Perhaps the most memorable father-son moment for the Griffey family came just two weeks later as the tandem hit back-to-back home runs.

For poignancy, no Griffey home run will ever match the one he hit off the Angels’ Kirk McCaskill on Sept. 14, 1990. What made this first-inning homer so memorable is that his father, Ken Griffey Sr., signed by the Mariners at age 40, had just homered off McCaskill, a two-run shot to center. Junior, 20, followed immediately with his 36th career homer, also to center. No father and son had ever played together, let alone hit back-to-back home runs.

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