Bobblehead, retro caps highlight Ken Griffey Jr. Weekend (pics)
The Seattle Mariners are pulling out all the stops with events planned all weekend to celebrate the enshrinement of Ken Griffey Jr. in the Hall of Fame.
Getting things started on Friday to kick off the Ken Griffey Jr. Weekend is a bobblehead giveaway.
Griffey Weekend begins tonight, and there's still time to join us. First 20K take this home. https://t.co/keK2XMCxOV pic.twitter.com/vc4RcAIDdR
— Mariners (@Mariners) August 5, 2016
On Saturday, the Mariners will hold a ceremony during which Griffey’s No. 24 jersey will be officially retired by the organization. It marks the first number the Mariners organization have ever retired, outside of Jackie Robinson’s No. 42, which every major league team has done.
Griffey’s Hall of Fame plaque will be on display as well.
.@baseballhall brought #kengriffeyjr to SafeCo @Mariners #Seattle @CityofSeattle @KIRO7Seattle pic.twitter.com/m3fkzhpymF
— Mike Griffith (@GriffKIRO7) August 5, 2016
The first 20,000 fans through the Safeco Field gates for Saturday’s tilt with the Angels will receive a miniature replica of the plaque.
And on Sunday, the Mariners will give out replicas of Griffey’s just-retired jersey. Again, the first 20,000 fans will leave the ballpark with one.
As a final tribute to Griffey, the Mariners will wear retro team caps Friday and Saturday.
Here’s a side-by-side look of the Mariners’ current cap and the throwback one the team will don for those two games (via New Era):
It sure sounds like the Ken Griffey Jr. Hall of Fame Weekend is going to be a great three days. And the case can be made that there is no honoree more deserving.