TAMPA – He already had like 600 nicknames.
Junior. The Natural. The Kid.
The Kid is 38. But Ken Griffey Jr. still possessed a child’s happiness after he made history the other night in Miami with his 600th home run.
Only five other men have ever done that – Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Babe Ruth and the flying pig brothers, Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa.
It happened in a football stadium made into a Marlins baseball stadium, before a smattering of fans, some of whom fought for Griffey’s home run ball. Not that it will go for as much as it would have if baseball had been clean all those dirty steroid seasons. Monday’s moment was devalued.
And that’s a shame.
A Victim Of His Own Body
This Cincinnati Red is the guy who should have passed Hank Aaron and his 755 home runs, and he might have, had injuries not stopped him and, oh, if BeelzeBonds hadn’t sold his soul and done it first.
Ken Griffey should have caught Aaron, not Bonds.