630 home runs, nearly 2,800 hits, 13 All-Star selections, 10 Gold Glove Awards, one MVP Award - the exhaustive list of career accolades shine of Ken Griffey Jr.'s resume, and the now-Hall of Famer idolized for the infectious swagger he brought to the game will continue his glory trail in Seattle this weekend.
Griffey, who spent 13 of his 22 seasons in the Majors with the Mariners, will be given a proper celebration at Safeco Field between Friday and Sunday. The self-proclaimed "Ken Griffey Jr." Weekend will be highlighted by several Griffey-themed promotional items and a number retirement ceremony, and fans with interest in attending one the three games against the Los Angeles Angels can find relatively cheap Mariners tickets on TicketIQ.
The festivities kick off on Friday night at 7:10 pm. The first 20,000 fans in attendance will receive a Ken Griffey Jr. bobblehead, in which a statuette Griffey holds a bat and Hall of Fame plaque. The average resale price for Mariners vs. Angels tickets during the opening game of the series is now $66.40 , making it the cheapest game of the weekend at Safeco Field. Tickets can be found from as low as $25.
The middle game of the series will be preceded by a number retirement ceremony and the first 20,000 fans will also be given a replica Hall of Fame plaque honoring Griffey's 2016 induction. Griffey's No. 24 will be just the second number retired by the Mariners after Major League Baseball retired Jackie Robinson's No. 42 across the league in 1997. As it stands now, it will be the most expensive game of the weekend on average, with Saturday Mariners tickets on TicketIQ averaging $116.82. The get-in price is currently $39.
Sunday's matinee game will conclude the weekend-long tribute to the 46-year-old Griffey. Being dubbed "Ken Griffey Jr. Replica Jersey Day", the first 20,00 early arriving fans will receive a Mariners home jersey boasting the 46-year-old slugger's name and number on the back. Tickets are currently averaging $104.85 and the cheapest are listed from $41 each on the secondary market.
Griffey received 99.32% of votes in his first year on the Hall of Fame ballot. That marked the highest percentage of votes ever for Hall of Fame candidate. In two tours with the Mariners between 1989-99 and 2009-10, Griffey owned a .292 batting average with 1,843 hits, 417 of them by way of the long ball. He became the ninth member of the Mariners Hall of Fame in 2013, which also features Alvin Davis, Jay Buhner, Edgar Martinez, Randy Johnson, Dan Wilson, Lou Pinella and Jamie Moyer.