The catch he broke his wrist on years back. Yes he did catch it too.

The catch he broke his wrist on years back. Yes he did catch it too.

One of the greatest players to step on a baseball diamond. 24, Junior, the Kid. He had the smoothest swing and was one that you tried to emulate as a kid. I remember reading his philosophy on outfielding years back and he said he prided himself on playing shallower than any other outfielder, partly due because he wanted to challenge hitters to beat him and because he felt he more comfortable going out than coming in to get a ball. With the amount of ground he could cover that’s why he pulled in 10 Gold Gloves over his career. If he had not been injured so often later in his career he’d have easily hit more than 630 homeruns—good enough for 6th all-time. And to think two of those ahead of him on that list are known steroid users (Bonds and Sosa) while Griffey was just a natural-born talent for the game. A first ballot for the Hall of Fame no doubt. Respect.

This shot hung in my room throughout my entire childhood. THE smoothest swing ever.

This shot hung in my room throughout my entire childhood. THE smoothest swing ever.

Was there anyone who loved the game more than Griffey and had more fun while doing it? I think not.

Was there anyone who loved the game more than Griffey and had more fun while doing it? I think not. Thanks for showing people how the game should be played.

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