Mariners fans no doubt got nostalgic on Monday night when they saw Kyle Lewis channel his inner Ken Griffey Jr.
Despite the Seattle Mariners suffering a lopsided loss to the Athletics on Monday night, fans were treated to a sweet blast from the past in center field. With Oakland thinking they had a Grand Slam coming early on in the matchup, Kyle Lewis had other ideas.
The man flew high into the sky and reached over the wall to pull back the dinger for the A’s. Did that remind you of anyone, Mariners fans? Of course it did, as Ken Griffey Jr. made those kind of grabs his trademark while he was a superstar in the Emerald City.
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Lewis with the play of the year for the Mariners there. That was simply an unreal grab from the rookie, who is in the middle of a brilliant campaign. At the same time, that kind of a robbery is only going to give Seattle fans some hope for the future.
Griffey is a living legend and will never have to pay for a beer in Seattle again. He changed baseball as a whole because of his brilliant play in the outfield, his ability to send balls to the moon and of course his backwards cap.
While no one wants to compare Lewis to Griffey at such a young age, he’s surely making things difficult to not do that. Thus far this summer, the standout outfielder is hitting .295, with 10 homers and 27 RBI. He’s got the Mariners in the middle of a playoff chase, with the team looking to make the postseason for the first time since 2001.
It’s no question been a long 19 years of suffering for Mariners fans, but Lewis continues to instill confidence in the fanbase that things are starting to turn around. Only time will tell how many more amazing catches Lewis will be able to showcase out in center.