Nike celebrates Ken Griffey Jr. with ad
Posted by Jerry Brewer
Ken Griffey Jr. retired last month after, ending a Hall of Fame-worthy career that spanned 22 seasons. Now, at the All-Star break, Nike -- his longtime endorsement partner -- is thanking him appropriately.
A new ad from the shoe and athletic apparel company is starting to circulate. The embedded YouTube video above is obviously recorded from someone's television set. I've received a few messages from people that they saw it on the MLB Network this morning. The screen grab there shows Junior in a Reds uniform, but don't worry, the ad is about 70 percent Mariners.
It's a very nice commercial, simple and fitting for Griffey. It shows his sweet lefty swing again and again and takes you through his career, one long ball at a time. Then, at the end, Nike effectively uses the home run call of Mariners broadcaster Rick Rizzs -- "Goodbye, baseball." -- and adds it's own statement, "Hello, Cooperstown."
I love it. The minimalist vibe makes it even more powerful.
Here's hoping we see the commercial quite a bit.
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