First off congratulations go out to "The Kid." Ken Griffey Jr in his first year of election set a MLB Hall of Fame record by receiving 99.3% of the votes (437 of 440 ballots). Never mind the 3 mongoloids who didn't vote for him. Griffey Jr. is now in a class all of his own.
The Kid was a childhood hero of mine. I had three of the 1989 Upper Deck cards that I was positive was going to pay for all the hookers and blow I wanted by the time I reached my 40's. I'm still holding out hope the baseball card market rebounds faster than Peyton Manning's neck on HGH.
The reason I posted the video from the 1993 Home Run Derby at Camden Yards is because despite all the epic home run hitters who were juiced up during the 90's and 2000's Ken Griffey Jr. was the only one to ever hit the B&O Warehouse. The only one ever! And I still believe to this day that Griffey never touched PEDs. I'm serious. If he did he would have posted Barry Bonds freak numbers. Every writer wants to say Bonds was the best ball player of my generation. I firmly believe it was Griffey.
Griffey was on another planet. He was a natural superstar. He had the most beautiful swing known to man. He played the outfield like Spiderman. Bonds was a manufactured PED hitter who couldn't throw out Sid Bream at homeplate. I witnessed in person both players (Camden Yards and the old Fulton County Stadium) and Griffey was head and shoulders better than Bonds. And don't even bother bringing up analytics or WAR or any of that other bull shit.
Griffey >>> Bonds for life.
People also need to remember that injuries basically stole 4 whole seasons from Griffey. He would have shattered Hank Aaron's record if not for all the hamstrings and jumping into walls. Griffey was never the same player once he left Seattle. I kind of refuse to even acknowledge his Reds days because I'm such a big fan of the guy. It just looked painful to see him in red pinstripes.
Everyone wanted to be cool like Griffey Jr when I was growing up. We emulated his effortless sweet swing. We copied his home run trot. We wore our hat backwards because Griffey made it cool. I to this day still wear the #24 on my jersey because Griffey Jr. and Rickey Henderson were players I wanted to be when I grew up.
He was an original. He was the Michael Jordan of baseball. Seattle's son who could make a baseball "fly away" to the upper deck with a sudden flick of his wrist.
Now sit back and enjoy the brilliance of Griffey Jr. He was one of a kind...