words // Brandon Richard

Baseball is in its offseason, but we’re celebrating a legendary major leaguer’s birthday with a look back at a Nike Baseball page from our Spring 2000 catalog.

Today’s Eastbay Memory Lane is a tribute to Ken Griffey Jr., who turns 44-years old. Back in 2000, Griffey was on the verge of playing his first season with the Cincinnati Reds after 11 years in Seattle. His signature cleat that season was the Nike Air Griffey Metal, pictured in a variety of styles below.¬†Mirroring the technological advances Nike was making in basketball at the time, the Air Griffey Metal was packed with new performance tech. The cleat featured a deer-tan and full-grain leather build, a Form collar, phylon midsole wedge, full-length Zoom Air and a lightweight Pebax plate.

In the Air Griffey Metal, Junior hit 40 home runs, knocked in 118 RBIs and made his eleventh-straight All-Star Game.

A testament to his greatness, a wide variety of Ken Griffey shoes are still available today. Which Griffey model is your all-time favorite?

Eastbay Memory Lane // Ken Griffey Jr. for Nike Baseball Spring 2000