Country roads, take me home, to the place where I belong. Take me home, country roads. -John Denver
Public Service Announcement: Ok, here we go! Like my main man Mr. Wizard always says, “Drizzle, drazzle, druzzle, drome, time for this one to come home.” Time for Ken Griffey Jr. to come home again. Thomas Wolfe be damned. Yes folks, it’s official, Junior is a Mariner once again. I love it. I do. It’s a remarkable story. Griff goes back to Seattle but it ain’t what it used to be. His two fellow rookies, Randy Johnson and Omar Vizquel are long gone. Gone but not forgotten. This is the story of Johnny Rotten. Not it’s not. It’s a different story.
Griffey’s two fellow rookies from the 1989 Mariners may not be in Seattle but they are still active in the majors. Randy Johnson is currently on the Giants roster while Omar Vizquel is in Texas. Know this sports fans, if Griff, Johnson and Vizquel all play in 2009, the 1989 Mariners would be the first team in major-league history with three rookies who were still playing in the majors twenty years later. How about that?
How about this? Seven teams during the expansion era had two such rookies.
- The 1986 Cubs had Greg Maddux and Jamie Moyer.
- The 1979 Athletics had Rickey Henderson and Mike Morgan.
- The 1977 Orioles had Dennis Martinez and Eddie Murray.
- The 1970 Dodgers had Bill Buckner and Charlie Hough.
- The 1970 Twins had Bert Blyleven and Rick Dempsey.
- The 1963 Colt .45s had Joe Morgan and Rusty Staub.
- And the 1962 Giants had Manny Mota and Gaylord Perry.
Nobody had three. Three is a magic number. Yes it is, it’s a magic number. Somewhere in the ancient mystic trinity, you get three as a magic number. Magically delicious!
Peace out homies. Six two and Even!