Ken Griffey Jr and Mike Piazza set to enter Hall of Fame

by Steven Clarke July 24, 2016, 7:28
Ken Griffey Jr and Mike Piazza set to enter Hall of Fame

Fans can also have their created card printed and shipped to their homes to have as a keepsake or show off to their non-Hall of Fame friends.

So Piazza started singing Bon Jovi's Living on a Prayer, when his wife, Alicia, walked over, and whispered a new request.

Piazza had at least one scout who was a fan. Both also had to suffer through Wade Boggs' rendition of the Moody Blues' "Nights in White Satin". "I am very happy for him and I am blessed that I even got to meet him". "And obviously it was going to be the Mariners, because of the history that I have with the team". Read on as we recall the landmark training shoe, its on-field cleat counterpart, and of course, the Griffey in '96 campaign. "We got drafted, we worked hard in the minor-league system, and we had an opportunity to become big-league ballplayers and produce". It seems like a thorough, intense process, and something I never really thought about until now.

"He kept playing, and he just kept getting better and better". In one game during his junior year he scored five runs to tie a Moeller record.

"I think David Ortiz is one of the most charismatic players to come along in the game in a long time", said Piazza, who didn't make the Hall until the fourth try.

"It was tough for an American, having all the blessings and benefits of being from the States and then going down to a country that in some parts is extremely poor", said Piazza.

"When I was fourteen", he said, "and dunked on him for the first time". "They had told me that that was a tradition". For me, there was a challenge to my professional life. "I'm not sure if it will hit the numbers for Ripken and Gwynn, but it could be close".

Piazza says his time with NY was nothing short of "Amazin".

In their 11 seasons prior to Junior's major league arrival in 1988, the Mariners featured a few decent players (Alvin Davis, Mark Langston and Harold Reynolds among them).

I said I would interview him in the vehicle, and did. "I'm here to support him and smile and grin. He's a great guy, a great guy". "They've made us feel so welcome". I'm not surprised. He was the biggest Griffey fan I know. I was able to turn from a slow-footed first baseman into a slow-footed catcher who could hit. The Mariners reportedly pitched a one-year contract to Griffey for $2 million. Instead of contending for the highest election percentage ever, A-Rod may struggle to capture the 5% of the vote required to stay on the ballot. And a almost identical catch against Kevin Bass resulting in a broken wrist that threatened to derail the Mariners' vital 1995 season. I'd wake up and check out "SportsCenter" at 6:30 in the morning when I woke up to go to school.

"To me, it's overwhelming that people want to come for the three days that I'm going to be there", he said.

"The history that the Mariners had when I got drafted (in 1987) - the team was 10 years old, so not a whole lot of history", Griffey said during a press conference Saturday afternoon. But fellow inductee Mike Piazza, while praising Big Papi, too, was perhaps more subdued in his endorsement. And magic. But even at the end, because of that swing, you watched him when he stepped to the plate, and hoped that he would hit one more out of sight. He's done an incredible job in that city.... No one questions the Hall of Fame credentials of Tony Gwynn, Wade Boggs, or Eddie Murray because they failed to earn an MVP, and it defies imagination to think Derek Jeter will be denied for his lack of MVP recognition.

Predictably, Piazza was treated as a nobody compared to Griffey Jr.

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