Ex-Upper Deck Intern Recalls Griffey Meeting

Ken Griffey Junior’s sudden retirement last week was overshadowed by the perfect game that wasn’t.

Now that things have settled down, shapshots of Griffey’s career are making their way into print.  

Some 21 years after he first came on the scene, many of the memories have faded.  Griffey was a fairly private player but when he was synonymous with Upper Deck, a meet-and-greet with the Seattle Mariners’ young star was the big prize in a special contest.

Travis Hill was an Upper Deck intern at the time–thrilled for the assignment of helping out that day but then needing something to break the ice when the program was delayed.  

In a column this week, he recalls what did the trick–and comes to a slightly depressing realization.