Ken Griffey Jr.: Trivial pursuits
Seattle stores struggled to keep up with the demand for Ken Griffey Jr. candy bars in 1989.
The scouting report?
"The wrappers probably taste better," one fan said after giving the chocolate bar a try.
Griffey appeared in movies "Summer Catch" (2001) and "Little Big League" (2004) and in a 1994 episode of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and two 1999 episodes of "Arli$S."
Griffey, not worried about being typecast, again plays "Himself" in a 1992 "Simpsons" episode in which he is one of nine all-stars hired by Mr. Burns as ringers for the company softball team.
"Wow. It feels like a party in my mouth, and everyone's invited," Griffey says after a sip of Burns' special nerve tonic. Unfortunately, Griffey becomes hooked on the stuff, his head swells grotesquely and he can't play in the big game.
Don't have a cow, Lou
You might want to think twice before betting a steak dinner with Ken Griffey Jr.
Mariners manager Lou Piniella "won" a bet with Griffey during spring training 1995. Griffey paid up by putting a cow in Piniella's office, while Piniella was on the field.
Before Piniella arrived, the cow did, well, you know, what cows do.
"I saw Lou coming out of the office, almost sick," recalled former Mariners star Edgar Martinez. "It was one of the funniest things I saw in baseball."
Griffey for president
In 1996, Nike ran TV ads promoting Griffey for president.
Griffey ran on a platform of preserving the game of pepper.
"If you outlaw pepper," Griffey proclaimed, "only outlaws can play pepper."
In the end, it might have been his choice for running mate that doomed the ticket.
"That Moose could be a liability," Lil' Penny pointed out in one ad.
Seattle Times transportation reporter Mike Lindblom describes some of the factors that may have led to the collapse of the I-5 bridge over the Skagit River in Mount Vernon on Thursday, May 23.