TORONTO — After making things tough Friday for James Paxton, Nelson Cruz and Mariners turned Hisashi Iwakuma’s start Saturday into a carefree cruise in a 14-5 demolition of the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre.
Griffey had a private tour of the room that will immortalize his baseball legacy. It’s where his likeness will be among the 314 plaques in that famous room in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. His will be the first player’s plaque with a Seattle Mariners cap (and it will face forward).
Ken Griffey Jr. spoke to the media on Saturday. He said he doesn't have his speech for Sunday fully written, but it sounds like he'll talk about one of his Mariners teammates who he thinks should join him in the Hall of Fame.
Randy Johnson’s induction last season into the National Baseball Hall of Fame certainly drew interest from Seattle Mariners fans, but Johnson’s plaque, ultimately, featured an Arizona Diamondbacks cap.
Maybe it took Ken Griffey Jr. leaving for Seattle Mariners fans to learn what he had meant to them all along. We’d never seen anybody who defied the range of conventional assessments. His return, even briefly, was important in closing the career cycle.