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Sweetest swing ever?

Obviously the big news in baseball tonight is the retirement of Ken Griffey Jr., effective immediately. It has been a while since Junior was in his prime, but when he was, I can’t think of a player I enjoyed watching more.

His swing was so fluid and pretty to watch. If you could invent a baseball player, it would probably be Ken Griffey Jr. in the mid 1990s. He was that good. Remember how tremendous a center fielder he was? He would just glide back and make spectacular leaping catches. Though he wasn’t known for his baserunning, he also did that with grace. Who could ever forget his mad dash around the bases in Game 5 of the 1995 Division Series against the Yankees, scoring the walkoff run against the Yankees on Edgar Martinez’s walkoff hit. That was by far the best moment in the history of Seattle baseball.

A generation of kids like to wear their caps backwards becuase of Junior. He is one of the few players who could give you chills just thinking about how great and gifted a player he was.

I’m glad I watched him in his prime. He was a magnificent player.