By Larry Stone

An effortless to learn kid's ebook chronicling the interesting profession of Ken Griffey, JR.

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189 (10-for-53) and starting to get down on himself. Lefebvre dropped him from No. 2 to No. 6 in the Mariners' batting order. "That was a big moment for him," said teammate Jeffrey Leonard. "When you're down like that, you can go one of two ways. He could have ended up back in Calgary. " He responded with 13 hits in his next 16 at-bats, a stretch that resulted in his being named American League player of the week. 516. He also turned in the first of what would be a career-long catalog of sensational defensive plays that would make highlight videos and stun teammates and opponents alike.

It was a costly one for the Mariners, and frightening for Ken, who knew instantly the injury was serious. His first question for the doctor was whether he would play again. It turned out the wrist was broken in 15 places, and during surgery seven screws and a metal plate were inserted to stabilize the wrist. Ken not only played again, but much more quickly than doctors anticipated. They thought he would be out for three Page 57 months, but he returned several weeks early, on August 15. Without Ken's presence for 73 games, the Mariners seemed destined for another disappointing season, and the potential cost was great.

I can't get used to it. It's an amazing feeling. It felt like we were back in the backyard, just playing catch. '" Junior felt the same way. When the two trotted out to their positions in the first inning, he gave his father a quick wave, which he said was really a salute. "I didn't know what to think," he said. "I wanted to cry or something. " Senior was so nervous that night he had difficulty concentrating, but in the bottom of the first inning, batting second, he ripped a single on the second pitch thrown to him by Royals starter Storm Davis.

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