Rare Picture: Tiger Woods Gets Baseball Batting Tips From MLB Hall of Famer

Published 10/31/2021, 2:37 PM EDT
ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 23: Tiger Woods of the United States reacts during the trophy presentation ceremony after winning the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club on September 23, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Some sports stories are known to the world. A few others get passed around, surfacing when no one expects them to. It creates an even bigger impact when legends like Tiger Woods and Ken Griffey Jr. are involved.


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Both icons have enjoyed their own fame and success, one headed to the Hall of Fame, and one already inducted. A throwback photo was recently shared online, which drew in people almost instantly.


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What was in the Tiger Woods-Griffey Jr throwback photo?

In a post shared by breezy golf, Woods and Griffey are featured together at batting practice. What’s amazing, is that it’s an image from the 90’s baseball and golf fans all over the world are marveling at the new photo.


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The image itself features the PGA Tour icon to the left with a backward hat, and Griffey to the right. While the 15-time Major Champion was looking somewhere off-camera, the 13-time MLB All-Star seemed to be in mid-conversation, pointing towards something.

Certainly, the fans are elated to see the two legends in one frame. It’s surely like an NFT alert to some.

When was the photo taken?

While the image in question surfaced recently, the memory was actually shared years ago by MLB league. Evidently, in 1999, Woods had some leisure time and ended up spending it with his friend and neighbor Griffey. Woods took to the field when the Seattle Mariners were in Minneapolis to play against the Minnesota Twins.

The picture MLB shared had Woods shaking hands with Jay Buhner, while Griffey smiles.

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 14: Tiger Woods of the United States celebrates after sinking his putt on the 18th green to win during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 14, 2019 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Woods’ BP was not the best either. While Woods did practice with Griffey and the Mariners, wearing their own windbreaker, he had a tough time hitting the ball. He took around 25 swings, managing to hit only three to four in outside the infield. He did end up hitting one pitch deep center.


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Looking back, the Mariners did lose the game, Griffey having one single and two RBIs. He retired in June 2010.

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Where is Tiger Woods now?


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Woods, who was in a one-car crash back in February, has been sidelined for months. He has been away from the limelight, seldom spotted out in the public. Recently, he attended a golf event with his son, appearing without crutches for the first time.

So what do you say, should Tiger again find an excuse to show up in a baseball game? Help us know in the comments below.




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Devika Pawar is a Golf and NBA writer at Essentially Sports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, Devika has an experience with sportswriting at Republic World for around two years now. She loves NBA a little too much, and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.