Ken Griffey, Jr. may have finished just shy of a unanimous Hall of Fame induction, in 2016, but boy was he close. Aside from the 630 home runs he belted during his career, Griffey, Jr. was one of the most likable, talented and well-rounded players in quite some time.
But man oh man, the homers were something:
There is just nothing like a home run that paralyzes the outfielders. I love it. You can just hear the, “Nope, no need to check on that one,” from the look on their face and the stasis of their legs. This home run, though, goes even beyond that.
At first, the right fielder knew it was gone and that he had no chance on that mammoth shot, but then he turned around anyway, because even he couldn’t help but admire that home run. You can hear it in the announcer’s excitement, that was a big one.
Ken Griffey, Jr., man, he was pretty good.