Fred McGriff took his rightful place within the Baseball Corridor of Fame Sunday and, throughout his induction speech, shared an enthralling story about preserving his unanimous election a secret from his household.
After receiving what he known as the “greatest” cellphone name of his life, McGriff placed on his poker face ready for his spouse and daughter to listen to the momentous announcement on tv, like everybody else.
“I performed calm. Like I knew nothing. I simply informed them, ‘Hey, they’ll announce who acquired into the Baseball Corridor of Fame at eight o’clock on MLB Community, so let’s flip it on,'” McGriff mentioned.
McGriff’s household reacted with “pure pleasure and happiness” after they heard his identify known as, that’s, till the conclusion that the wool had been pulled over their eyes.
“Then, they each checked out me and mentioned, ‘You knew,'” McGriff mentioned.
Corridor of Fame eligible since 2010, McGriff was the one participant out of eight up for election by the Modern Baseball Period Gamers Committee, which included Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Don Mattingly, Curt Schilling, Dale Murphy and Albert Belle.
McGriff has come a great distance since being lower from his highschool baseball crew as a sophomore. A 19-year MLB veteran, McGriff was a five-time All-Star, three-time Silver Slugger Award winner and one-time World Sequence champion. Over practically 20 years within the sport, enjoying for the Toronto Blue Jays, San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Satan Rays, Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers, McGriff tallied 493 residence runs and 1,550 RBI over 2,460 profession video games.