If you are a Seattle Mariners fan, you have their epic year of 1995 etched in your brain when the M’s beat the Yankees for the American League Division Series title before losing to Cleveland in the AL Championship Series, which was culminated by images of infielder Joey Cora crying on the bench, being consoled by Alex Rodriguez. Speaking of A-Rod, he hit at .358 clip in 2006, while Ken Griffey Jr. made memorable, numerous wall-climbing catches throughout the 90’s.
The news that Griffey chose to sign with the Mariners made today’s home opener against the Angels an instant circle on the calendar for M’s fans such as myself. Today, future Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. is officially welcomed back to Seattle in a Mariners’ uniform (yay!) after nine years with the Cincinnati Reds. Here are some video highlights. Game time? 3:40. I’ll be there and looking forward to it – who knows, perhaps he’ll even hit a home run like he did in the M’s season opener in Minnesota!
In looking at some real estate of a few former and current Mariners, Issaquah, WA (near where I grew up) has been a hot locale for where Mariners hang their hats for quite some time. Randy Johnson, Jay Buhner, Ken Griffey Jr, Dave Valle, and Edgar Martinez have all called it home at one point or another. Jay Buhner lived at 5411 247th Pl SE, Issaquah, WA until he sold the home in 2002. Former Mariner catcher Dave Valle used to reside at 24735 SE 56th St, Issaquah, WA and lived close by until selling the home in 2001 (the home is currently on the market again). We don’t know exactly where Griffey lived, but have heard his old home was nearby as well.
If you’re interested in some current Mariners’ real estate, take a look at Ichiro’s home currently on the market — also in Issaquah, but on the other side of Lake Sammamish.
[photo via AP via MSNBC]