LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Ken Griffey Jr. received the inaugural
"Living Legend Award" Friday night from the Louisville Slugger
Griffey, who has hit 593 home runs in the major leagues, is
involved with the "Make a Wish Foundation." His father, Ken
Griffey, presented him the award.
"This is something I never dreamed about. Never thought
about," Griffey said. "I'm honored and humbled. When I heard
about it, I said huh. I thought there must be someone else."
Anne Jewell, executive director of the museum and factory, said
the award is meant for "those whose careers in baseball and life
outside the sport have taken on a legendary quality."
Griffey's father embraced him as a crowd of about 200 applauded
at the award presentation Friday night.
"I'm very, very proud. You act like your mom, but you play like
your dad," Griffey Sr said.
Griffey, 37, moved from centerfield to rigthfield and has had to
overcome numerous injuries throughout his career, including one
that ended his season in September.
"I'll stop (playing) when I stop having fun," Griffey said.
"I enjoy going to work. Some days are better than others. I still
enjoy going to the ball park."
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