04/28/2009 2:20 PM ET
Ken Griffey Jr.: M's playing smart
Veteran likes that his team is coming from behind
We've had a one-day-at-a-time approach. We're just having some fun and playing our game. That's worked so far.
The result has been a nice stretch of good fundamental baseball. We've been getting guys over and then getting guys in. We haven't beaten ourselves. I think that's what we've consistently been doing well.
I've been around long enough to know that wins in April are just as important as wins in any other month. Everyone plays 162 games, so winning the early ones -- especially when you're coming back in games a lot -- is always good.
It's always fun to come to the ballpark, but when you come here with the chance to win, it just adds to it. It's great.
On the flip side, when things aren't going well -- and I have been through that, too -- it can be tough. But the key then is to be professional and figure out the things that are not working. Then you go about changing it.
I wasn't with this Mariners team last year when they struggled, but I feel strongly that last year was last year, and this year is this year. Nobody in this room can change last year. However, you can always put it behind you, improve and try to accomplish in the here and now.
Future Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., who played with Seattle from 1989-99, has returned to the Mariners this season and has already hit two home runs to bring his career total to 613, the fifth most in MLB history. The Mariners finished the 2008 season with a 61-101 record, but they've won 12 of their first 19 games in 2009 to take an early lead in the American League West race.