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6/15/2008 8:40 PM

Ken Griffey, Jr. reaches 600

Griffey shows off his “I’m about to get injured” face

MIAMI, FL – Cincinnati Reds outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr. celebrated hitting his 600th career home run this week, becoming the sixth player in history and third in the last six years to reach that plateau.

However, the news was not all good for the future Hall of Famer. As he stepped on home plate and met his teammates to share this historic moment, he suffered a catastrophic hamstring injury that will lead to his 600th trip to the disabled list in his twenty-year career.

In the spirit of celebration, SSNN takes a look back at some of Griffey’s more memorable injuries…

  • 1989: Griffey slips in the shower and breaks a bone in his right hand, costing him the A.L. Rookie of the Year award and totally ruining an intense masturbation session. This tragic injury costs the Mariners their season.
  • 1990: Griffey sips a cappuccino from a small Seattle coffee shop called Starbucks. He burns his tongue and spends fifteen days on the disabled list. This unfortunate accident costs the Mariners the season.
  • 1993: While in the dugout during a game against the California Angels, Griffey is accosted by teammate Randy Johnson’s shadow. The resulting melee results in Griffey tearing both the ACL and MCL of his right knee. This bizarre turn of events costs the Mariners the season.
  • 1996: Griffey is sidelined with a lower back strain caused by the arrival of new teammate Alex Rodriguez and higher expectations from fans of the young, talented team. This horrific strain costs the Mariners the season.
  • 2000: Griffey’s childhood dream comes true. He escapes dreary Seattle to play for his father’s former team, the Cincinnati Reds. Unfortunately, while his father played alongside Pete Rose, Joe Morgan and Johnny Bench, Griffey plays alongside Pokey Reese, Chris Stynes and Eddie Taubensee. Worse yet, he soon realizes that he now has to play and live in Cincinnati for at least half of the year. The sudden revulsion causes severe stomach cramps and explosive diarrhea. This unforeseen ailment costs the Reds the season, but the Mariners win the Wild Card.
  • 2005: While watching the epic National League Championship series between the Houston Astros and the St. Louis Cardinals, Griffey sits with his nose an inch from his big screen plasma HDTV. He is heard repeating to himself, “So this is what the playoffs are like!” The eye strain puts him on the shelf until mid-May of the following year. This does not cost the Reds the season, however, as only the league-worst Pittsburgh Pirates kept them from finishing dead last in the division.

A parade is scheduled in Cincinnati to celebrate their hometown hero’s milestone accomplishment. The parade route will wind its way through the city’s medical center, where hundreds of orthopedists, surgeons and physical therapists are expected to attend.


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6/15/2008 8:40 PM

Griffey Jr joins 600-homers club


Ken Griffey Jr has become only the sixth Major League Baseball player to hit 600 career home runs.

The Cincinnati Reds star's landmark homer came in the first inning of a game against the Florida Marlins.

Griffey slammed a 3-1 pitch from Mark Hendrickson into the right-field seats to join some of the sport's greats.

The other players to hit 600-plus home runs are Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714), Willie Mays (660) and Sammy Sosa (609).

Griffey, 38, said: "I don't think I touched any of the bases. I sort of floated around."

One of baseball's most feared sluggers until injuries hampered his career, Griffey reached 599 on 31 May.

He needed 216 at-bats this season to finally hit his 600th in the last contest of an eight-game road trip for Cincinnati.

His 400th and 500th career home runs also came on the road.

Griffey is in the final season of his contract in Cincinnati, where he has struggled at times since being traded to his hometown team before the 2000 season.

"My father hit 152 home runs, and that's who I wanted to be like," Griffey said of his father, who also played for the Reds, and with his son briefly in Seattle.

The younger Griffey hit 40 homers in his first season as a Red, becoming the youngest player to hit 400 home runs and putting him ahead of Aaron's pace to be the all-time leader.

However, a succession of major injuries hobbled him and it took him another four years to reach 500.

His health has improved enough in recent years for him to hit 35 homers in 2005, 27 in 2006 and 30 more last season.


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