Analyze The Kid’s baseball DNA, and you’ll discover a lot of Hammerin’ Hank.
Heading into a MLB All-Star Game that is regarding the tradition of Hank Aaron, Ken Griffey Jr. left no inquiry concerning his essential baseball impact while growing up with a significant group father.
“Hank was the main person discussed at my home growing up,” Griffey said. “With my father being from Pennsylvania and with Willie (Mays playing) out west, Hank was the main person I gazed upward to.”
Griffey spoke Monday evening at the Play Ball Park inside the Colorado Convention Center as a component of “Unfiltered: Legends and Legacies,” a board featuring key minutes by Black parts in the game and Black baseball players’ effect on the game, tracing all the way back to the Negro Leagues.
The board likewise included previous significant leaguers Fergie Jenkins, CC Sabathia and LaTroy Hawkins, an ex-Rockie. Hawkins attested that the majors’ Black baseball players today are “all immediate relatives of the Negro League baseball players” — a conclusion Griffey repeated also.
The previous Mariners star and 1998 Home Run Derby champion reviewed his first excursion to the Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City, where Buck O’Neil gave him a private, and passionate, visit.
“To see every one of the battles, and the trouping they needed to do everywhere (to stand out enough to be noticed), and all the transport rides (contrasted with) the extravagances that ballplayers underestimate now — I always remembered that,” Griffey said.
Presently, Griffey is in a spot to reward the game through his part as senior counselor to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred. Some portion of that job remembers an accentuation for baseball tasks and youth baseball advancement, especially on further developing variety in the least levels of the game.
“Presently, it’s my chance to reward the more youthful age,” Griffey said.