Griffey: "I didn't know how much I missed being in Seattle"Posted: Updated:
SEATTLE, Wash. - Ken Griffey Junior wasn't sure what kind of reception he would get upon his return to Seattle. He shouldn't have worried. The former Mariners superstar received a three-and-a-half-minute standing ovation from the Safeco Field crowd during a pregame ceremony Friday night to welcome him back.
Griffey,who now plays for Cincinnati, was playing in Seattle for the first time since the M's traded him to the Reds after the 1999 season.
The Mariners drafted Griffey Number One overall in 1987 and put him on their opening-day lineup two days later. He stayed there for the next 11 years.
After he received his ovation, he said, "I didn't know how much I missed being in Seattle."
The Mariners presented Griffey with a framed photo of Safeco Field during the pregame ceremony, emblazoned with the words, "The House that Griffey Built."
(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)