Ken Griffey Jr. joins the likes of Alvin Davis, Randy Johnson and broadcaster Dave Niehaus Saturday as he's inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame.
The only other members in this exclusive club are Jay Buhner, Edgar Martinez and Dan Wilson, The (Tacoma, Wash.) News-Tribune reported.
Griffey will be inducted Saturday ahead of the Mariners' game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Safeco Field.
“Having this, I understand the honor that it brings,” he said Friday at a luncheon in honor of his induction. “It’s a lot easier to be in center field and stand at home plate than it is to talk in front of thousands of people.”
“I was nervous three weeks ago. I was nervous a month ago. I was nervous two months ago when they told me. I grew up in a household where it was a lot easier to talk about somebody else than talk about yourself," he added.
“It’s tough to put into words what this award means,” Griffey said. “The best way I could describe it is that I couldn’t do it without a whole lot of people here. There are a whole lot of people that did wonderful things for me to be here.”
Griffey hit a franchise-record 417 home runs in his 10 seasons with the Mariners and had 630 home runs total in his 22-year Major League career.