Mariners welcome back Griffey, retiring No. 24 on all levels
SEATTLE (AP) Ken Griffey Jr.'s whirlwind after being elected to the Hall of Fame has continued with a visit to the ballpark he was largely responsible for helping create.
Griffey was at Safeco Field on Friday night. The Mariners plan to honor him by retiring his No. 24throughout the organization - including the minors. They will do that during a ceremony in August about two weeks after he's inducted into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
The star known as Junior will also throw out the first pitch for the Mariners' home opener on April 8 against Oakland.
Griffey flew in from New York and was greeted by a red carpet and Mariners staff welcoming him as he walked into the stadium.