Ken Griffey Jr. was a five-tool superstar and one of the best baseball players we’ve ever seen (both in terms of visual and statistical evidence). That’s why he was elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility on Wednesday.
But what baseball fans also remember about Griffey is just how damn cool he was. All of his baseball talents were so smooth (that swing, oooooh that swing), but he was also the guy with the shoes, the video games, and that backwards hat.
When you think Griffey, you think backwards hat, mashing taters at the Home Run Derby.
Well, National Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson is apparently leaving open the possibility of Griffey having a backwards hat on his HOF plaque:
Jeff Idleson,President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame left open the possibility of Ken Griffey Jr. hat being on backwards on plaque
— Jim Bowden (@JimBowden_ESPN) January 7, 2016
This needs to happen, but the high-horsed elements that come with the Hall of Fame — three voters left Griffey off their ballots, for example — make it seem far-fetched at the same time.
This tweet puts it well:
If Ken Griffey Jr’s hat isn’t backwards on his Hall of Fame plaque we need a new Hall of Fame.
— RUSS BENGT$ON (@russbengtson) January 5, 2016