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Griffey changed baseball in Seattle

Junior turned an entire region on to baseball with his swing and smile

Originally Published: June 2, 2010
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

This already has been a lousy spring in Seattle, but the overcast skies seemed a little grayer Wednesday afternoon and we all felt a little older. Ken Griffey Jr. announced his retirement as a player.

His retirement shouldn't have been surprising -- Griffey was batting .184 with no home runs this season and had barely played the past two weeks. Yet it still was a stunning moment, as if someone abruptly slammed the door shut on our youth. As a friend of mine said, Griffey was the ...

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