Almost every Hall of Famer owns jaw-dropping career statistics, but Ken Griffey Jr.’s legacy includes a ballpark. It was Junior’s heroics, on a 1995 Mariners team full of heroes, which paved the way for Safeco Field.
#10 – The House that Griffey Built
“The backdrop that made 1995 such a meaningful and amazing season for the Mariners was that without the rise in interest and attention to the Mariners, they probably would not have gotten the new stadium. You’ve got to put Griffey right at the heart of that because he was the face of that team. He led that team so I think it’s accurate to say it’s ‘The House that Junior Built.'” – Larry Stone
“It wasn’t us that built this ballpark. It was the people that said, you know what, we want you guys here. It was the thousands of people…that said, you know what, we want this. We want you guys here.” – Ken Griffey Jr.
“My friends, make no mistake about it. In years to come, this will be ‘The House that Griffey Built.'” – Dave Niehaus, 1997 Safeco Field groundbreaking
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