The Chicago White Sox had a really fun year in 2008. They won the American League Central Division after winning a game 163 against the Minnesota Twins. In that game, a Major League Baseball legend named Ken Griffey Jr. made a magnificent play. He threw out a player at the plate to keep the White Sox and Twins tied at zero. You never know how that game turns out if Griffey isn’t able to make that throw to allow A.J. Pierzynski to make the tag.
A lot of people might even forget that Ken Griffey Jr. ever played for the White Sox at all. He had a brilliant Hall of Fame-worthy career split between the Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds before his trade to Chicago. He only played in 41 regular-season games with the club but he helped them to a division title which just so happens to be their most recent playoff appearance.
He played pretty well for them in a limited role as a 38-year-old ballplayer. He hit .260 for them and hit three of his 630 home runs as a member of the Chicago White Sox. His Hall of Fame career also included 1836 RBIs, 2781 hits, and a slash line of .284/.370/.538. He was a thirteen-time all-star, a ten-time Gold Glove winner, a seven-time Silver Slugger, and a one time MVP award winner. His 83.8 career WAR tells you everything you need to know. It was a brilliant career for the man known as “The Kid” and he got to spend some time on the south side.