Ken Griffey Jr. drafted first in 1987 by the Seattle Mariners lived up to great expectations in his 22-season career.
Known as “The Natural” he hit 630 home runs and earned numerous awards including 13 All-Star selections and 10 Gold Gloves.
Born in Pennsylvania he grew up watching his father a Reds outfielder.
Griffey debuted in 1989 quickly becoming a baseball icon.
Despite injuries in the 2000s he maintained impressive stats retiring in 2010 with a .284 average and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016.
I have selected some of the best quotes by Ken Griffey Jr in this article.
Best Ken Griffey Jr Quotes
To succeed in baseball, as in life, you must make adjustments. ~ Ken Griffey, Jr.
I don’t like to be talked about, especially by somebody that doesn’t know me. ~ Ken Griffey Jr.
If I’m compared to Babe Ruth or Willie Mays, that’s great. But I’m just going to go out there and be myself. ~ Ken Griffey, Jr.
My mom told me to hang around with the right people. That’s what I’ve been doing. Just taking it easy and having fun. ~ Ken Griffey Jr.
I’m very superstitious. ~ Ken Griffey Jr.
I knew unless I got stopped I was going to go all the way. I don’t know if I can run any faster. I just ran as fast as I could. ~ Ken Griffey, Jr.
I know my Dad’s a National League guy. I’m an American League guy. I tell him all the time we got better hitters. He’s like well we got better pitchers. I’m like cause you all got those easy outs at the end. ~ Ken Griffey Jr.
I just want to play baseball. ~ Ken Griffey Jr.
It doesn’t matter how much money you make; it’s where you feel happy. ~ Ken Griffey Jr.
Nobody wanted to run back kicks until you saw Billy ‘White Shoes” Johnson. ~ Ken Griffey Jr.
Famous Ken Griffey Jr Quotes
I think that it takes one person in the household to be a baseball fan for people to love baseball. And if you don’t love baseball as a parent, your kids are not going to love it because you’re not watching it. ~ Ken Griffey Jr.
I’m damn proud to be a Seattle Mariner. ~ Ken Griffey, Jr.
When you sign on the dotted line in any sport, your body’s not going to be the same. ~ Ken Griffey Jr.
I just mind my business and do what I have to do to get ready for the baseball season. ~ Ken Griffey Jr.
I might go 0 for 4 in a game, but I still had a chance to help the team by making plays in the field. ~ Ken Griffey Jr.
Its a game, and that’s how I am going to treat it. ~ Ken Griffey, Jr.
I’d have probably gone to Michigan. Only because one of my friends, Vada Murray, who passed away, went to Michigan and as a freshman and sophomore he was my big brother at Moeller. ~ Ken Griffey Jr.
The two misconceptions of me are I didn’t work hard, and that everything I made it look easy. ~ Ken Griffey Jr.
Great Ken Griffey Jr Quotes
Anybody can be a dad. I just want to be a good parent. I want to be a dad that my kids can talk to. I want to have a relationship with them. ~ Ken Griffey Jr.
I may not hit 50, 40 or 30 home runs, but I can do the little things like moving runners over that don’t show up in the box score. ~ Ken Griffey Jr.
I grew up in baseball, so I know how hard it is to not have a dad around to see sporting events and stuff like that. ~ Ken Griffey Jr.
Injuries are a part of the game. ~ Ken Griffey Jr.
I do like candy bars, but if I have more than a couple of them I break out. ~ Ken Griffey Jr.
I go out there every day, take early batting practice, fly balls. ~ Ken Griffey Jr.
Sometimes I’m like, Wow, ‘Criminal Minds’ is deep. ~ Ken Griffey Jr.
I went out there and played as hard as I could because that’s the only way I know how to play. ~ Ken Griffey Jr.
I remember when I was a kid being called names, including the ‘n’ word. The first time that happened, it really bothered me. But most of the people I dealt with were all white. Most of my close friends were white. ~ Ken Griffey, Jr.
You lose, you smile, and you come back the next day. You win, you smile, you come back the next day. ~ Ken Griffey, Jr.
I’ve been taking pictures at Trey’s games since he was seven. ~ Ken Griffey Jr.
Inspiring Ken Griffey Jr Quotes
I enjoy photography. It’s a lot of fun. It keeps me on my P’s and Q’s and, when you think about it, most people think photography is just going to a game. But you start to think, dang, that would be a good picture. Or you’re driving along and see something and think, ‘that would be nice.’”
Baseball and golf have a lot of things in common, including the fact that players in both games love hitting for power. However, in both sports, trying to do so strictly with muscle strength doesn’t work very well. In fact, I see a lot of guys in both baseball and golf struggle when they try to swing with tight arms. ~ Ken Griffey Jr.
I explained to my kids at an early age: I’m a normal dad with an abnormal job. ~ Ken Griffey, Jr.
In baseball, there’s certain things you can call someone: a fossil, graybeard, grandpa, dad, pops. But I got a chance to say it and mean it. ~ Ken Griffey Jr.
You’re only a first-round pick for one year. ~ Ken Griffey Jr.
I didn’t go into the Hall of Fame until I was a Hall of Famer. Three times I had been there, I never stepped foot inside. ~ Ken Griffey Jr.
Top Ken Griffey Jr Quotes
As long as I have fun playing, the stats will take care of themselves. ~ Ken Griffey, Jr.
No one is perfect. Your ERA is not zero. You’re not going to have 30 wins. And your batting average isn’t going to be 1.000. So you don’t have the right to verbally talk out about somebody. Look at yourself. Did you do everything you could do? Did you start your day off right? Are you perfect? ~ Ken Griffey Jr.
The other guys, all they have to do is use their big butts and big python arms to hit homers. Me, I’m the little guy in the group. People always root for the little guy. ~ Ken Griffey, Jr.
Out of my 22 years, I’ve learned that only one team will treat you the best, and that’s your first team. ~ Ken Griffey Jr.
My name is not ‘The Best Player in Baseball.’ My name is George Kenneth Griffey, Jr. ~ Ken Griffey, Jr.
I guess for me, I’ve always lived in the moment, so I don’t allow my brain to focus too far head. I’m a fly-by-the-seat kind of person, but not really. ~ Ken Griffey Jr.
All my life in professional baseball, people said ‘He could be better.’ ~ Ken Griffey Jr.
Why should I stretch? Does a cheetah stretch before it chases its prey? ~ Ken Griffey, Jr.
I didn’t start playing golf until ’94, when the strike cut the season short. Never having played as a kid definitely makes it a challenge. ~ Ken Griffey Jr.
I had more offers in football than baseball. ~ Ken Griffey Jr.
Inspirational Ken Griffey Jr Quotes
I don’t think it’s the intent of baseball not to have black ballplayers, but we have to find a way to get these kids back. We lost them to football. We lost them to basketball. We lost them to golf. People don’t see how cool and exciting this game is. ~ Ken Griffey Jr.
A lot of my friends and guys who I have watched and grew up with and who have been at my house are Hall of Famers, and I just know them as Ozzie Smith, Eddie Murray, Kirby Puckett, Dave Winfield… I know these guys like my older brothers and uncles, the guys who took care of me. ~ Ken Griffey Jr.
Talk to people. Go another way. Don’t kill yourself. It ain’t worth it and I’m a great example. No matter how bad it seems at the time, work your way through it. Who knows how your life is going to turn out? ~ Ken Griffey, Jr.
The NFL and NBA has done a better job than we have in showing the fun side of the sport, having people talk about it whether it’s on social media, commercials or the news. ~ Ken Griffey Jr.
I don’t know what my numbers are as a DH, but the fact that you’re sitting basically for three hours and 38 minutes of a baseball game, you’re hoping you get four or five at-bats. ~ Ken Griffey Jr.
Most of the people that I still talk to and hang out with, to them, I’m just Ken. ~ Ken Griffey Jr.
I like how in little league they have nine kids who play the field but we have 17 kids on the roster and all 17 kids should hit. I like that we do that down here in Florida. ~ Ken Griffey Jr.
It’s not so much what one person does. It’s what we do as a team. ~ Ken Griffey Jr.
Father and son games – that was the best day. We’d be dressed at 6 o’clock in the morning. The game would be at 7 o’clock at night… And we’d play at, like, 5. ~ Ken Griffey Jr.
So these were the 60 top Ken Griffey Jr quotes and sayings about baseball, life and success.