As Black History Month plays out across Major League Baseball, it's not hard coming up with the most significant such moment in Mariners history.
On April 15, 1997, Ken Griffey Jr. donned the No. 42 for the first time, flip-flopping his familiar No. 24 for one game to honor Jackie Robinson on the 50th anniversary of breaking baseball's color barrier.
At the time, griffeys was responding to a request from the Jackie Robinson Foundation, and he merely asked the Mariners equipment managers to fix him a new jersey for the day after asking Robinson's widow, Rachel Robinson, for her permission.
But the idea stuck with Griffey, who became well aware of Negro League history and Robinson's story from his father, Ken Griffey Sr., while growing up in Ohio.
Griffey knew what Robinson meant to the game, to his dad and to all who followed. So it was that 10 years later, while with the Reds, Junior made an important phone call. Commissioner Bud Selig had retired Robinson's number throughout baseball in 1997, but Griffey wanted to wear it once again in 2007 on the 60th anniversary of Robinson's arrival in the Majors.
"It was a Sunday night call, I remember," Selig said last October while presenting Griffey with the Commissioner's Historic Achievement Award during the World Series. "I was just walking in the house, my phone was ringing. Ken called me, and it was his idea to wear No. 42 as a tribute to Jackie Robinson on the day commemorating his historic achievement.
"He asked my permission to do that, and I, of course, granted it," said Selig. "It told me a lot, however, about Ken, about how much he understood the history, how much he understood the impact of Jackie Robinson. So I've often gotten credit for something, but really he made a phone call to me on a Sunday night at home that I'll never forget.
"And with Ken leading the way, it began to catch on with other players. Eventually it led to all on-field personnel throughout baseball wearing No. 42 on Jackie Robinson Day, a tradition that continues to this day and will continue at least as long as I'm around."
But he's thrilled that it did, knowing what it meant to so many people who'd gone before him. It turns out, young Griffey was indeed listening when his dad talked to him about Robinson and introduced him to former Negro League players as a child.
"Joe Black, Brooks Lawrence, Chuck Harmon Sr., all were good friends with my dad," he said. "They figured I should know a little about baseball history, or just history itself. They proceeded to drill me on certain things. Then getting to play in pro ball, I had a guy named Willie Mays pull me aside every year. They didn't tell you like they were drilling it into your head. It was more them telling stories, like a grandfather would tell their grandson. That's how I learned about certain things."
And at the forefront of it all was Robinson, the player who opened the door for all that has happened since. Griffey didn't forget and his simple move on April 15, 1997 to wear that No. 42 jersey for the Mariners led to the entire Major Leagues doing the same thing now.
"It's just the things that he did," Griffey said when he was presented with the Commissioner's Award. "I mean, if he didn't play, you never know how long it's going to take for another African-American to play, and would my dad have played, and would I have the love for the game if my dad didn't play?
"So he was the start of it all, for not just African-Americans, but everybody else to play. It was my way of respecting him for what he did, for him wearing that uniform allowed me to wear my uniform, and you have to give thanks in a certain way. It was my way of saying thank you to him for allowing that to happen."for www.griffeyshoesonlinecheap.com
Haven't we seen that before? Rachel Weisz brings out bandage dress again
Rachel Weisz was certainly going green by wearing this grey Herve Leger bodycon dress for her appearance on hit US TV show Tonight With Jay Leno - it's a dress she recycled from two years ago.
The stunning 40-year-old actress initially wore the skin-tight frock to the 2008 Canadian premiere of her movie The Brothers Bloom.
The ￡1,500 bandage dress and contrasting strappy sandals is clearly a favourite outfit, so Ms Weisz brought it out of mothballs once more - even though some fashionistas wouldn't be seen dead on the red carpet in the same ensemble twice.
But the British beauty, who shot to global fame in The Mummy and won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in 2005's The Constant Gardener, has a proven interest in saving the planet and presented at the American leg of Live Earth back in 2007.
Ms Weisz, who starred in both The Lovely Bones and Agora last year, knows what she's doing when it comes to fashion too, being the muse of designer Narciso Rodriguez, so she is clearly sending out a message to her fans that wearing the same outfit more than once is the eco-friendly thing to do, no matter how famous you are.
Mind you, we reckon more stars would give outfits repeat runs on the red carpet if they looked as good as Rachel does.
A true story, Ms Weisz stars as Kathryn Bolkovac, an American UN peacekeeper who risks her job and her life to uncover a scandal involving American contractors and the United Nations in postwar Bosnia.
Rachel was voted most marriageable woman in a poll carried out by Esquire magazine earlier this year.
Mariners' hopes fade as Ken Griffey Jr. nears deal with Braves
Top Mariners executives walked out of team headquarters here Tuesday with empty hands and fading hopes.
Roughly 2,000 miles away, in Orlando, Fla., onetime Mariners star Ken Griffey Jr. was said to be finalizing a contract with the Atlanta Braves that would end all talk of his return to the Emerald City. A source close to the talks told The Seattle Times on Tuesday that Griffey had chosen the Braves and would receive a base salary of about $2 million and total compensation, including incentives, of between $2 million and $3 million.
The Braves were said to have finalized details of the contract throughout the afternoon and were to meet in the evening with Griffey and his agent. In Arizona, Mariners chief executive officer Howard Lincoln and general manager Jack Zduriencik, upon leaving the Peoria Sports Complex for the day, stopped by the media room to speak to reporters.
Earlier in the day, news that Griffey had picked the Braves was first reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, citing a source close to Griffey and the talks. The 39-year-old slugger and his agent, Brian Goldberg, later sent a text message to Zduriencik denying the story was true.
Griffey later told www.kinggriffeyshoesonline.com he was "kicking things around" with his family and would likely not make a final decision until today. By late Tuesday night, Mariners officials still had yet to hear anything and were not expecting to until today.
But Griffey's camp was said to be meeting late Tuesday with the Braves, whose spring-training facility in Orlando is about 15 minutes from the slugger's house. Griffey is said to favor the Braves because of their relative proximity to his Orlando home, where his son will begin playing high-school football this year. The two cities are about an hour flight apart.
Griffey, who also has a daughter who plays AAU basketball in Atlanta, has long wanted to play for Braves manager Bobby Cox.for www.herveleger2012usa.com
Griffey was expected to sign off on the deal and wait until today to announce it, perhaps to not have the choice overshadowed by a news conference Tuesday involving former Seattle teammate Alex Rodriguez. The latter had been meeting with reporters in nearby Tampa, Fla., for the first time since it was revealed he tested positive for steroids in 2003.
The Mariners had kept Griffey on the back burner for weeks, choosing instead to focus on bigger-name free agents. Once they set their sights on Griffey, with no other competitors in sight, a deal appeared all but done.from www.kengriffeytheshoes.com
But the Braves stepped in late last week, wanting a left-handed bat and veteran clubhouse presence for a team some consider a darkhorse playoff contender. At first, it seemed an unlikely fit, given that Griffey will have to play a left-field platoon role in Atlanta despite coming off knee problems.
The Mariners would have limited him largely to a designated-hitter role. But the Braves are apparently willing to let Griffey rest when needed.at www.bandagedressesonline.com
Unless Griffey pulls a dramatic, last-minute reversal and heads to Seattle, the Mariners are expected to step up their pursuit for left-handed hitter Garret Anderson, formerly of the Los Angeles Angels.
Griffey, a 13-time All-Star, is one of six players to hit 600 home runs. He played 11 seasons with the Mariners and was the American League MVP in 1997. He left after the 1999 season to play for Cincinnati, the team his father, Ken Griffey Sr., played for as part of the legendary Reds teams of the 1970s.
But Griffey, who has suffered a series of serious injuries since leaving Seattle, struggled last season. He hit .249 with 18 homers and 71 runs batted in for the Reds and the Chicago White Sox before becoming a free agent.
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