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Seattle Mariners fans will see something new outside Safeco Field. A statue of Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. was unveiled outside the Home Plate entrance of the stadium Thursday afternoon.
The ceremony was kept quiet to the general public until the event. A select group of guests was invited to see the unveiling and to hear Griffey speak.
"I'm truly humbled and honored for this," said Griffey. "I played baseball for one reason and that was just to go out and play because I love the game of baseball, and to have an organization do all these things in the last 18 months has been truly unbelievable and overwhelming."
Etched into the base of the statue reads this statement:
One of the greatest players in baseball history, "The Kid" was the face of the game for over two decades (1989 - 2010) and was inducted as a Mariner into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 24, 2016.
The Mariners also retired Griffey's No. 24 at a ceremony last summer following his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Another public event will happen Friday before the Mariners host the Texas Rangers. 45,000 fans attending the game will get a replica of the Griffey statue, and 24 lucky fans will get one autographed by Griffey. Get tickets
45,000 Ken Griffey Jr. Replica Statues
24 signed by Junior himselfApril 8, 2017