COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Ken Griffey Sr. has grown up watching his son do special things. But this one, yeah, this one topped them all.The only father who has ever hit back-to-back home runs in a Major League game with his son watched with pride Sunday as Ken Griffey Jr. was
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Ken Griffey Sr. has grown up watching his son do special things. But this one, yeah, this one topped them all.
The only father who has ever hit back-to-back home runs in a Major League game with his son watched with pride Sunday as Ken Griffey Jr. was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
And while Junior broke down numerous times, particularly when talking about his family, Senior vowed to keep things together when all the talking was done.
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"I'm just a happy camper," Griffey Sr. said. "That's all I have to say. I ain't getting into tears no more. I've had enough of that. I've been proud ever since he started playing ball, not just today. But I am just a little prouder today."
The Griffeys love to kid each other and compete with each other, even at 66 and 46 years of age. So dad did note that son seemed nervous and stumbled on his words a few times during the 22-minute speech as his emotions welled up.
"He held it together," Senior said. "But he did have some quotes that he miscued a little, so I'll have to cue him up on that later."
Griffey Sr., a three-time All-Star during his 19-year playing career, was hugging one of his grandkids while talking to reporters, a familiar scene at family gatherings.
"We just have that bond, and it's not about baseball," Junior said. "He's got nine grandchildren and that's all he cares about. I'm the low man on the totem pole. My phone calls consist of 'Hey, how you doing? Where are the boys?'"
But family ties do run deep with the Griffeys. Junior spent a good portion of his speech talking about his three children and their importance in his life, including the humorous recollection of oldest son Trey's literal impact.
"One day, sitting there on the couch, you took a bat and hit the TV," Griffey said. "And your mom got mad at you and then mad at me and asked me why I was not mad. And I said, 'Girl, you can't teach that swing.' And I got up and bought a new TV."
True story, according to his wife of 23 years.
"Totally," Melissa Griffey said. "And that wasn't the only thing Trey broke."
Trey, now a 22-year-old wide receiver on the University of Arizona football team, wasn't denying it either.
"I remember that story, yeah," he said. "I was just having fun. I was pretty young."
Football is first for Trey, who has one year of eligibility remaining at Arizona. But the Mariners did select him in the 24th round of the MLB Draft in June, on the off chance he someday decides to give baseball a go like his dad and grandpa.
"That was great," Trey said of being drafted. "It was good for the whole family. I love it. I love the Mariners. They gave my dad a shot first, so we'll see what happens."
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