Ken Griffey Jr. was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame yesterday. It was nearly unanimous, with Griffey receiving a record 99.3% of the vote total.
Needless to say, Griffey’s selection to the hall comes as no surprise. It seems as if he were born to play the game. His swing has been described as the best ever. While best known for his skill for hitting home runs—his 630 homers rank sixth all-time—Griffey could do it all, offensively and defensively.
When the 17-year-old Griffey was signed by the Seattle Mariners, he showed up for batting practice at the Kingdome and made the stadium look small with his impressive drives.
Former Mariner Mike Brumley once said this about Griffey: “High school cost him three years on the major league pension plan.”
Sometimes young players are just that good.
And sometimes young people have the opportunity and the ability to do great things for God. Think of young David slaying Goliath. Remember Esther approaching the king on behalf of her people, or Mary agreeing to carry the Son of God in her womb.
Let’s remember that God has a history of using young people to do great things.