But on April 10 of that year, during a baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and Seattle Mariners at the Kingdome, a source of hope and inspiration descended upon earth. It came in the form of a backwards cap, a friendly smile and a transcendent, superstar athlete -- one we'd be hard-pressed to see the likes of again.
Ken Griffey Jr. had already made his professional debut a week before -- doubling in his first Major League at-bat. But where were the dingers? Where was the 19-year-old kid with "outstanding power?" Here. Right here:
After the opposite-field shot off Eric King -- his very first as a Major Leaguer -- Junior would go on to hit 16 homers in his rookie season, slug 22 in 1990 (18 more than his dad/teammate Ken Griffey) and 630 in his career. His last just as pretty as his first: