Saturday night was a very special night for Ken Griffey, Jr. and fans of the Seattle Mariners. In front of a sellout crowd at Safeco Field, the legendary outfielder took his rightful place alongside Alvin Davis, Dave Niehaus, Jay Buhner, Edgar Martinez, Randy Johnson and Dan Wilson as the seventh member of the Mariners team Hall of Fame.
Griffey's induction was made official in a pre-game ceremony held front and center on the Safeco Field diamond. The ceremony was filled with several highlights that chronicled Griffey's Hall of Fame worthy career. Those brought back wonderful memories for all baseball fans, not just those in Seattle. It also included many entertaining and emotional interactions and moments, most of which came during Griffey's 24-minute speech.
However, there was one other moment that stood out among the many highlights of the night, and that was a touching video message sent by a former teammate of Griffey's who couldn't make the trip to Seattle. That being current New York Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki.
Believe me when I tell you, it's a must watch video. If you don't have a minute, make a minute to listen as Ichiro honors a player he idolized while growing up in Japan. It's short, it's sweet, but it still manages to hit on every emotion, including a little humor as he recites Dave Niehaus' famous "My Oh My" phrase.
It was classic Ichiro, and I dare say his inclusion in the festivities is what made them complete.