French received an autographed jersey from Griffey last month when the Mariners played the Tigers in Detroit, and on Saturday received a typical Griffey "welcome" to the Mariners.
"Mike Sweeney and I were talking when he walked up and stood there near us," Griffey said. "We knew he wanted to introduce himself, so when we were done talking, both of us turned and started to walk away.
"Luke had his hand out and he just stared. Then I turned around and said, 'I'm just messin' with you."
That's more awkward than a fifth grade dance.