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Griffey follows through on vow to return

Updated: February 22, 2009, 2:57 AM ET
Associated Press

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Ken Griffey Jr.'s familiar blue cap was in its familiar, fun place -- backward. The jokes, the huge gum bubbles and the boyish grin were back, too.

On his back, that blue No. 24, outlined in teal. It's the number with which he became a superstar in Seattle but hadn't worn in nine years.

"I thought about wearing 45, like Mike," Griffey jokingly said of his pal Michael Jordan, who once resumed his NBA career while briefly wearing that unfamiliar number. "But that didn't ...

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