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Ken Griffey Jr. Way hits a brick wallJune 29, 2010 @ 2:55 am (Updated: 3:46 pm - 3/28/11 )
The road between a great idea and accomplishing a task is a long one, as Glen Garnett is finding out.
Almost a month ago Garnett came up with the idea of renaming a part of 1st Avenue, in front of Safeco Field, in honor of retired Seattle Mariner Ken Griffey Jr.
With 630 home runs, 13 all star appearances, 1836 RBIâ€™s and 10 gold gloves, if anyone deserves to have a street with their name on it, it's Griffey, he thought, "in front of the house that he built."
Garnett's slam dunk idea - or in this case, home run - took off. More than 3,400 people joined a Facebook group to further the cause.
About three weeks ago Garnett personally delivered letters to eight businesses along the block that would be effected by the name change. He's also heard from two Seattle City Council members - Sally Clark and Tom Rasmussen - who are both interested in working with him on a street name change.
Next, he took his campaign to a Mariners game, where more people encouraged him. He walked around with a bright yellow sign trying to rally support for Ken Griffey Jr. Way.
"Many fist bumps, cheers, and other supportive gestures where made as I walked around that night," he says. "I got a ton of support from the fans."
Now the effort has run into a brick wall.
A couple of the businesses along 1st Avenue say they won't support the name change. The problem is the expense they'd incur changing the addresses on their business cards, letter head and other marketing materials.
Garnett isn't giving up, but he does have another priority for the next few weeks.
He's getting married!
"After I get back I would like to hold a rally to get the fans involved," he says. He's hoping to pull that off in mid or late July.
The Mariners organization hasn't set a date for a fan celebration to honor Griffey because they haven't heard from Junior about what he wants to do to mark the end of his career as a player with the team.
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