Last night in Seattle the Mariners immortalized Ken Griffey Jr. with a bronze statue outside of Safeco Field, depicting "The Kid" in his signature follow-through pose.


"One of the things I'm known for is my swing and I think it was pretty much going to be a given (that would be the pose)," Griffey said during the unveiling ceremony. "They pretty much nailed it. It was overwhelming to see something like that."

The seven-foot tall statue is grounded by a four-foot granite base which lists some of Griffey's accomplishments along with the years that he played for the Mariners.

Last season, Griffey became the first Mariners player to enter the MLB Hall of Fame and the franchise retired his #24 jersey, making him the first player to have his jersey retired by the Mariners.

Griffey commented on the unforgettable past 18-months and said he just tried not to mess anything up.


"When people do things for you, you have to show your appreciation," Griffey said. "Seattle has gone over and above my expectations of an organization. It's been a whirlwind for 18 months — January of last year to even now — it's hard to describe. I just try to sit back and not do anything because I don't want to mess it up."