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Ken Griffey Jr. to be on the cover of MLB the Show 17

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The Kid makes a glorious return to the cover of video games

Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

Good news rang out for Mariners and baseball fans alike on Thursday, as Ken Griffey Jr. was announced as the cover athlete for MLB the Show 17:

If you grew up playing Ken Griffey Jr.'s Slugfest or Major League Baseball ft. Ken Griffey Jr., it's difficult to look at this cover without the feeling of a thick layer of nostalgia draping over you. Here, you have The Kid: hat cranked backwards, exhibiting that picture perfect swing that's become a staple of baseball. The Mariners patch lights up his left sleeve so beautifully. In the background, he leaps at the wall to make one of his signature catches. Off to the right, he flashes that signature smile under the dark brim of his Marin–

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Burn it. Burn it all.