Saturday, February 28, 2009

Welcome Back, Junior

Of course this is old news now, but after weeks of speculation and conflicting reports, Ken Griffey Jr. has officially returned to the Mariners.

Last weekend, I caught up with life-long baseball fan Cohen Allen to get his reaction:

ME: "Hey Cohen, did you hear the news?"

COHEN: "What news? You're finally gonna change my diaper?"
ME: "No, your mom can do that. But the Mariners just signed Junior!"

COHEN: "Oh my gosh. OH MY GOSH! Are you serious?!?"
ME: "Yeah! It's a one year, 2 million deal. The press conference is on in a few minutes!"

COHEN: "I'm so excited and I just can't hide it!"


ME: "What's the matter, Co? I thought this would be a happy moment!"

COHEN: "Oh it is. It is. It's emotional.... I'm getting a little verklempt. Talk amongst yourselves..."

After the presser was over, and he had a chance to collect himself, Cohen summed up his thoughts on the signing...

COHEN: "Strictly from a baseball sense, I know this isn't the greatest signing, and likely has minimal impact on the team. Griffey is nowhere near the player he was when he left the M's, and doesn't really have that much left to contribute. However, contingent upon the Mariners utilizing him properly, it's not a bad move either. He should be platooned against leftys, and should definitely stay out of the outfield, but he can still rake against rightys, and thus has value as a DH. From an emotional standpoint, it's a slam dunk for all involved. If there were ever a year to bring Griffey back, this was it. While they do have a long-shot at contention this year in a weakend AL West, realistically, this is a building year while they wait for some bloated contracts to come off the books. I'm looking at you, Washburn. Anyway, new General Manager Jack Zduriencik has had a tremendous off-season so far, and even if you view this signing as a concession to nostalgia, it will buy him immense amounts of goodwill from the local writers and casual fanbase - potentially giving him greater leeway to further improve the team in 2010. For me, personally, I'm afraid Junior transcends all reason and logic. And seeing #24 in a Mariners uni again for the first time...It might be the most exciting thing that's ever happened to me in my whole life. Well, you know, other than being born a few months ago. But you catch my drift."

Yes we do, Cohen. Yes we do. I couldn't have said it better myself.

Spring training is in full swing, the season starts in about a month, and the Mariners organization has done a complete 180... For the first time in years, there's reason to be excited about the future of baseball in Seattle.


Jessica and Cohen said...

This is hilarious! :) My funny boys....

Shirley said...

I hope Junior still has something in him!
It wold be nice for Cohen to have a memorable fist season.

Janelle said...

Hi Jerry, Jessica and Cohen,

I heard about your "Ken Griffey" blog story and had to check it out. Go Mariners! I think they can finish in the top five in their division this year if things go their way! Cohen looks great. Must take after his ..... parents. Hope things are going well for all three of you. It's been a long time since I've got to visit with you. The Campbells will be spending lots of time in Mexico next year - maybe we can go to a Padres vs. Mariners game.

Dios les bendiga,


Lani said...

Wow, I think Co has some potential to be a baseball broadcaster.... It's amazing how quickly they become verbal! :P
I miss you guys so much!
You are so cute you boys in your baseball hats!