600 Reasons to Love Ken Griffey Jr.

Ken Griffey Jr. nailed his 600th career homer on Monday, joining Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Barry Bonds, and Sammy Sosa as the sixth member of the 600 Club, highlighted by three legendary Hall of Famers, and at least one controversial slugger who -- if I bet on baseball -- is not likely to join them.

Speculation states he'd likely be at #700 by now if not for serious injury after serious injury, but the 38-year-old Cincinnati Reds living legend still has quite a bit of gas left in his tank, even though he's batting .260 with 7 homers and 29 RBIs on the season. Okay, so he's running on fumes.

The milestone came on a 3-and-1 pitch from Florida Marlins lefty Mark Hendrickson in the first inning, sailing 413 feet inside the right field foul pole for a 2-0 lead.

...and only 16,003 people saw it live. Get out to the god damn ballpark, people!

Also, read about the Rocket's rocket here.

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Bassmaster said...

One of the purest players to ever grace the game.