Peter Gammons said that? They haven't mentioned it going down like that here that I know of.
If they start retiring Mariners' players numbers, I think it's gotta go (1) Edgar, (2) Buhner, (3) Alvin Davis, (4) Harold Reynolds, (5) Griffeyboy. Isn't there some by-law that you can't force your way off a team then come back and have your jersey retired? They'd better wait a while to have Griffey come back because the crowd at Safeco might get on him like he was Kobe.
Edit: I forgot to put Lou in front of AD. Actually Lou probably deserves to first more than any of those other guys.
Alvin Davis and Harold Reynolds were the first decent players the Mariners had for a while. Do I personally think the M's should retire their numbers? No. There is sentiment here in Seattle for those two guys, especially Davis, to have that honor. Remember the Mariners were baaaaaaad for a looooooooong time.
Note: I live in a town where Nate McMillan had his jersey retired by the Sonics. I thought it was stupid. I mean, c'mon, I like Nate and all, but get real. I can't name one thing the guy did in his entire career. But Seattle loves the guy and they love AD and Reynolds because they're good guys. I don't understand it or agree but that's how it is. Jim Rice was three times the player either of those guys were but I don't hear of the Red Sox looking to retire ol' #14. It's a Seattle thing, I guess. I think they will get their jerseys retired if they do it fairly soon. They've pretty much been informally retired anyway.
I mostly put Griffey after those guys because the thought of sitting in Safeco and looking up and "24" is fairly nauseating, not because I personally think that Reynolds and Davis should have their jerseys retired.
There is no way Buhner, Davis and Reynolds should have there numbers retired. If you want to honor them then that's fine, but don't go overboard. Buhner did have quite a cult following in Seattle though so if I had to pick one of the three I'd go with him.
Now if your gonna really honor someone it should be the voice of the Mariners Dave Neihouse. Also you have to look at Randy Johnson. Other than that I agree with Griffey, Lou Pinella and Edgar Martinez.
Being a huge Reds fan, and living in the Cincy area all my life I can tell you the Grif has dreamed of playing in a Reds uniform all his life. If he ever gets healthy again he will rock the banks of the Ohio and not get his number retired in Seattle but here in the 'Nati.
For whatever reason Griffey hated Seattle and cried the whole time he was there. He complained that the Dome wasn't condusive to his hitting, so they built him a new park, and he didn't like that either. So he left.
I have heard that that the Reds actually had Griffey help decide the dimensions for Cincy's new Great American Ballpark that opens next year. If so, that is weak.
If I lived back in the wild west days, instead of carrying a six-gun in my holster, I'd carry a soldering iron. That way, if some smart-aleck cowboy said something like "Hey, look. He's carrying a soldering iron!" and started laughing, and everybody else started laughing, I could just say, "That's right, it's a soldering iron. The soldering iron of justice." Then everybody would get real quiet and ashamed, because they had made fun of the soldering iron of justice, and I could probably hit them up for a free drink.
They didn't built Safeco Field for Ken Griffey, I assure you. In fact, as they got finished building it they had a round of BP in there and all the hitters bitched about how far out the fences were. In spite of that insight from the Mighty Ken Griffey (and A-Rod and other guys who stayed M's too) they left the fences just the way they were meant to be.
Ken Griffey may someday rock the house for the Reds but there is NO WAY I would trade him for Mike Cameron, especially if Cameron would strike out a little less. I'll take his lower offensive numbers and his better (since Junior got hurt) defense and his *positive* clubhouse leadership any day.
The only reason I wouldn't do a Griffey for Cameron would be for salary. Other than that I would love to see Griffey back on the Mariners. I'm happy I got to watch him for so long doing *his* thing day in and day out. He was truely an amazing player.
Not to excuse it, but that comment seems fairly tame compared to the usual crap I'm exposed to at the ballpark. If umpires are ejecting people based on those kind of comments, you'd have to toss out about 15% of your paid attendance.