We learned this week that Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza are the members of this year’s Hall of Fame class. Griffey is known in Baltimore as the one guy to have hit the Warehouse at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. He did so during the 1993 All-Star Home Run Derby on July 12, 1993. But his legend in Baltimore goes beyond that.
After hitting the Warehouse during an exhibition, Griffey became the next batter – the fourth overall – to reach Eutaw Street with a home run during game action. Griffey did so on April 24, 1994, ending a season-long drought of Eutaw Street homers.
Compared to his Warehouse shot, Griffey said, “I hit this one harder.” The Warehouse shot went 465 feet; his Eutaw Street homer traveled 438 feet.
My greatest Griffey memory isn’t of the Warehouse or of Eutaw Street, however. I’ll always remember him rounding third base in the bottom of the 11th inning to score the winning run of the 1995 American League Division Series versus the New York Yankees.
The Yankees dynasty was about to launch, but Griffey and company left the Bronx Bombers on the launch pad with their stirring victory in the final game of that 1995 five-game set.
Thanks for the memories, Kid.