Grif­fey ap­pears on cover of SI

Ken Grif­fey Jr. will be inducted in Base­ball’s hall of Fame in Coop­er­stown, New York on July 24.

The Daily Herald - - SPORTS - By Bob Dut­ton

SEAT­TLE — The Count­down to Coop­er­stown con­tin­ues for Ken Grif­fey Jr., who ap­pears this on one of Sports Il­lus­trated’s re­gional cov­ers.

Some gems from the story by Ben Reiter:

■ On his legacy: “A cou­ple things I’m gonna be re­mem­bered for: the hat back­wards and the swing… And the smile.”

■ On re­tir­ing qui­etly: “There’s cer­tain peo­ple who like the fan­fare and the wav­ing good­bye, get­ting the rock­ing chair and the cow­boy boots. ... Not me.”

■ On why he avoided per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing drugs: “I was al­ready the high­est-paid player in base­ball when all this started. ... I’m al­ready es­tab­lished. I’ve al­ready been on cov­ers of mag­a­zines. I’ve got my own video game, my own candy bar. Where am I gonna go from there?”

■ On set­ting a record for the high­est vote per­cent­age in the his­tory of Hall of Fame vot­ing but fall­ing four votes shy of be­ing unan­i­mous: “How I ex­plain it is, other peo­ple need votes. ... He’s gonna get in, so let me use my vote for this guy who’s on the cusp. Be­ing the high­est vote get­ter of all time? That’s a wow in it­self.”

Grif­fey and catcher Mike Pi­azza will be inducted July 24 into the Na­tional Base­ball Hall of Fame in Coop­er­stown, N.Y.

JOHN SWART / AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Ken Grif­fey Jr. at the All-Star game at Wrigley Field in Chicago on July 9, 1990.

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