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Griffey Convicted Of Pixie Dust Possession

Ken Griffey, Jr. makes a curtain call after hitting a home run in Wednesday's game. (Jim Bates/Seattle Times)
Ken Griffey, Jr. makes a curtain call after hitting a home run in Wednesday's game. (Jim Bates/Seattle Times)

The man is magical. He leaves for a decade and we spend the final eight years of the post-Griffey era in a playoff drought.

He returns, all of a sudden we’re winning again.

Griffey’s solo home run, his 400th as a Mariner, was the highlight of an 11-3 pasting of the California Angels of Orange County Wednesday night.

The momentous blast gave the M’s a one-run lead in the fifth inning, and required a curtain call by the 39-year-old slugger upon reaching the dugout.

But the fireworks weren’t just limited to Junior.

Immediately before Griffey stepped to the plate, left fielder Endy Chavez launched a solo homer of his own, which tied the game at two.

Another run in the sixth inning gave the Mariners a 4-2 lead, before the Angels countered in the top half of the seventh with a run, cutting the deficit to 4-3.

That’s when all hell broke loose.

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Heroes of the Griffey deal

00168A lot of people chipped in to make Junior’s return a possibility.  Here’s a breakdown of all those individuals.

Chuck Armstrong. Without the M’s longtime president, this deal doesn’t go down.  Armstrong has been an unabashed Griffey fan since the outfielder left Seattle following the 1999 season.  He has expressed his desire to bring Junior back ever since then, and was a key cog in orchestrating the huge welcome home ceremony Seattle put on for Griffey in 2007.

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Top 11: Ken Griffey, Jr. Photos

Over the years I’ve managed to round up quite a few photos of Ken Griffey, Jr. in a Mariners uniform.  Back in 2003, when I was a freshman in college, I had received a new laptop computer as a high school graduation gift.  One of the first things I did was download a picture of Safeco Field in the summertime for my wallpaper, and about fifty photos of Junior as a Mariner for my screensaver.  About half the photos I originally downloaded are now nowhere to be found online, but I’ve managed to include a few in this list.  Without further ado, here are the Top 11.

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