Ken Griffey Jr. was a cultural icon in the 1990s, with his trendy Nikes, backwards cap, and room filling smile, no one person had made baseball as cool as Junior did. Every kid who watched baseball in the 90s and is now an adult knows exactly what a Ken Griffey homerun looked like and the famous strut when he knew he got all of the ball. His swing was dubbed as the “Sweetest Swing in Baseball” for its smoothness, and grace.
How good was Ken Griffey Jr.? At age 29 he was voted to the All Century Baseball Team alongside the greatest outfielders of all time like Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, and Mickey Mantle. Around the same time, Hank Aaron said he believed Griffey would be the one who broke his All-Time Home Run record of 755, and based on his 398 homeruns through age 29 it was almost a certainty that his name would adorn the top of the list of baseball immortality.
At age 40, Griffey faded off into the shadows retiring with many asking the question ‘WHAT IF’. Griffey is undoubtedly a first ballot Hall of Famer, and seen as the one guy who did it 'right in a time (Steroids Era) where everyone was cheating to get the leg up.' Baseball historians still wonder today if Ken Griffey could have gone down in baseball's history as the mammoth character he was, rather than a tragic ending to a "What if."