The End Of An Era
Posted by Nancy on June 04, 2010
It’s hard to watch good things come to an end. Ken Griffey Jr. one of the all time greats in the sport of baseball, announced his retirement earlier this week. At the age of 40, Griffey felt that he was no longer contributing to the team in the manner he would like and vowed to hang up his cleats, ending his stellar career. For the millions who watched his illustrious climb to fame, this is the end of an era. During his peak years he was considered by many to be the best that baseball had to offer. Griffey retired from the game he loved holding down the #5 spot for the most home run hits (630), and with a whopping 2,781 hits to his credit. Another thing to his credit is the fact that his name was never linked to the drug use that was rampant during his glory years.
Griffey, who started out playing professional baseball at the age of 19, went on to play for three different clubs, the Seattle Mariners, the Cinncinatti Reds, and the Chicago White Sox. He started and ended his career with the Mariners. As with many other gifted athletes who play at such a high level, Griffey was plagued by injury during the latter part of his career which greatly diminished his ability to excel.
He entertained and inspired millions the world over during his 21 years as a supremely talented outfielder and well wishes go with him at this time. Our hats are off to you, Ken Griffey Jr.