In a storybook career, one of Ken Griffey Jr.‘s favorite memories was the chance to play in the same outfield as his father. Junior and Senior shared a flair for the dramatic, hitting back-to-back home runs in the top of the 1st inning on September 14, 1990 in Anaheim. The Griffeys are the only father-son duo in Major League history to hit home runs in the same game.
#15 – The Griffeys
“They asked me, ‘Would you mind if your dad came over here?’ I was like, ‘No, it would be fun.’ When he got here, we got to hang out and he pulled me aside. He goes, ‘Hey, this is your team, not mine. I’m just here to watch you play. I get a front-row seat every night to watch you play.’ I learned how to hit playing with him. I watched him set up pitchers. It was easy for me to go, ‘Okay, I can take this. I can take that. I could use this.’ But it was certain things that he did at the plate that I really focused on. He made going to the ballpark fun.” – Ken Griffey Jr.
“He kind of emulates me a little bit. He swings sort of like I do, but he has both hands on the bat as they would probably say a lot. I have a tendency to take my hand off, but he doesn’t and he hits for a lot more power.” – Ken Griffey Sr.
“The two Griffeys hit back-to-back home runs – father and son – I almost cried just seeing it.” – Mike Jackson
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