ATLANTA -- Although their playing styles are similar, there is no comparison between the start of the professional baseball careers of Atlanta Braves outfielder Ken Griffey and his son, Ken Griffey Jr.
With father serving as his representative, Griffey Jr. got a signing bonus of $160,000 Tuesday after the Seattle Mariners made him the No. 1 choice in the major league draft.
The elder Griffey, chosen by the Cincinnati Reds in the 29th round in 1969, recalled his signing perks.
"A pair of sanitary hose and a Reds warm-up jacket," he said. He recalled being paid $500 a month, $192 of which paid his rent.
"I'm real proud of him, particularly because I wasn't there when he was stretching out to where he is now," Griffey said of his 6-foot-3, 183-pound son.
Griffey Jr. will report to the Mariners on June 8 before he is assigned on June 11 to the club's rookie league affiliate at Bellingham, Wash.
"He doesn't know anything about Bellingham," his father said. "Once he gets on the field, he'll be all right. All he knows is how to play. That's all he needs to know right now."
The signing took place at the family's home in West Chester, Ohio. Father and son then left for Atlanta, where Griffey Sr. played against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.
Young Griffey returned home to graduate from Cincinnati's Moeller High School, where he batted .478 with seven home runs and 26 RBI last season.
"I'm excited about being the No. 1 pick, but I sort of have mixed emotions about turning pro or not turning pro," Griffey Jr. said.
He said he would miss playing summer league ball in the Cincinnati area, and had he not gotten the offer his father told him to accept, he would have played junior college ball in Florida.
"He told me just to be my own person," Griffey Jr. said.
Asked to compare himself with his father, he said, "We do everything alike, except I hit more home runs. I guess it's because of the aluminum bats."