Griffey and his family spent Thursday night at Buhner's home in Issaquah, Wash., and they talked, among other things, of the upcoming series."Jay said, 'Knowing your luck, you're going to hit a couple of home runs on Sunday and you are going to lose, 3-2.' He said that on Thursday." Griffey was penciled in as the designated hitter for Sunday's finale, but went to Reds manager Jerry Narron before the game and asked if he could play right field, explaining that it wouldn't be fair for the Seattle fans to see him anywhere but in the outfield. He was cheered every time he went to his position during the series, and when he caught the final out of the bottom of the eighth inning, Junior turned and waved to the fans sitting in the right-field bleachers. "It was my way of thanking them," he said. "They probably knew that probably was my last time coming back out there. I just wish it could be like that all the time." Griffey said he wasn't trying to hit home runs in either of the at-bats he did on Sunday. "The first day, I tried," he said. "Today, I didn't. I just wanted to put a good swing on it." He went 3-for-4 in the series finale and was 5-for-13 in the series. But throughout the weekend, he was No. 1. And no one else was even close.
Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.