That's the word from Ryan Divish. Drayer says the same.
I uh. I don't have anything to say at the moment.
Update: a statement.
"I'm extremely thankful to have played so long. I'd like to thank my family for all the sacrifices they've made all these years. And I'd like to thank the Seattle Mariners for allowing me to finish my career where it started."
"I told the Mariners when we met before the season, that I would never allow myself to be a distraction. My hope is that my teammates can win a championship for themselves and for deserving Seattle fans. I'd like to thank everyone who played a role in my career."
Matthew: I do. First of all, this is confirmed. Secondly, let it be known that I beat Jeff to this post by a full minute. Also, I think this is better than regular news. It appears that the press conference is ongoing or imminent. Griffey didn't report to the park today and so this might be it. Given the choice between what was the status quo and this, I favor this.
Do not interpret what I am about to say as anything negating that previous sentence. I would have preferred it if the fans, especially the ones who stuck behind Griffey, have gotten some chance to officially say goodbye. That never seemed Griffey's way, but I was hoping that he would put those feelings aside and do something for the fans. Alas, that is not to be.
Also, I have no problem with Griffey being part of the team in some role. Given his stated influence on certain players, and the local media and crowds still, I would be happy if he (had) stuck around. Just not on the 25-man roster. That was why I was such a big advocate of a 60-day disabled list stint. He could have hung around the clubhouse still and come back off the list in September when the rosters expanded and his spot wouldn't be at the expense of anyone. Alas, that is not to be either.
It's too bad it ends this way, but at least it's over.
Update: here's the full statement.