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Baseball Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. was having a blast at the 2021 Home Run Derby.
For over two decades, Ken Griffey Jr. dazzled baseball fans with his ability to crush home runs. Now, he’s the one in awe taking in the 2021 MLB All-Star festivities.
Griffey Jr. was in attendance at Coors Field on Monday night for the Home Run Derby, and he looked to be having the time of his life.
First, he was caught on camera in perhaps the best photobomb in baseball history.
Next, he was chumming it up with Fernando Tatis Jr. Then, he was seen amongst MLB photographers, snapping away in awe of current home run leader, Shohei Ohtani.
Ken Griffey Jr.'s getting pictures of Shohei Ohtani before his first round 📸 pic.twitter.com/xRBDdfGhaa
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 13, 2021
MLB Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. amongst 2021 HR Derby photographers
A transcendent player in his own right, “the Kid” remains seventh on the MLB career home run leaderboard with 630 bombs. The 13-time All-Star led the majors in homers four times and took home American League MVP honors in 1997. He won the Derby the last time it was contested in Colorado, back in 1998, the second of his MLB-record three victories.
Yet here he was in 2021, kneeling amongst the on-field photographers, impressed by today’s ultra-talented ballplayers and taking it all in. You know what they say – game respect game. Griffey Jr. probably knows as well as anyone that baseball’s new generation of heavy hitters are gunning for some of his MLB records.
Perhaps the hardest one to break? In 2016, Griffey Jr. received 99.32% of the vote when he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, eclipsing a 24-year-old record set by Tom “The Franchise” Seaver.
Judging by his enthusiasm at the Home Run Derby tonight, if and when that record gets broken, Ken Griffey Jr. will be the first one there to shake his successor’s hand – and maybe snap a photo.