In the "Big Book of Seattle Sports Legends", chapter one may as well be dedicated to former Seattle Mariners great Ken Griffey, Jr. "The Kid" further cemented his status as a Northwest icon when he was officially announced as the latest member of the Seattle Sounders FC ownership group.
Griffey's wife and compaion for the last 31 years, Seattle native Melissa, is, according to Jr. a "die-hard soccer fan" so for Griffey, joining the MLS club's brass was a no-brainer.

Griffey becomes the latest celebrity to go all-in on the Sounders. Past and present stake-holders in the football club include TV star Drew Carey, pop music icon Macklemore as well as Seattle Seahawks star quarterback Russell Wilson and his pop music wife Ciara.

The Hall of Famer spent 13 seasons in two seperate stints with the Mariners after breaking into the Big Leagues in 1989 as a 19 year-old rookie. He eventually became a 13-time All-Star, won 10 Rawlings Gold Gloves and was named the 1997 Most Valuable Player before abruptly retiring in 2010. Griffey was inducted into Cooperstown in the summer of 2016.

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