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A Rocky Return
Jamal Greene
May 20, 2002
A chronicle of Ken Griffey Jr.'s time with the Reds
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May 20, 2002

A Rocky Return

A chronicle of Ken Griffey Jr.'s time with the Reds

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Feb. 10, 2000
Per his wishes, is traded from Mariners to hometown Reds (left); Seattle gets outfielder Mike Cameron, righthander Brett Tomko and two minor leaguers.

April 7
After a slow start, asks to change from uniform number 30 to 24, the number he wore for 11 years in Seattle; Tony Perez, the Hall of Famer-elect whose 24 the Reds had planned to retire the following month, refuses to go along.

April 10
With a fourth-inning blast off Rockies righthander Rolando Arrojo, becomes youngest player (30 years, 141 days) to hit 400 home runs.

June 4
On Ken Griffey Jr. Growth Chart Day at Cinergy Field, swings at a pitch and accidentally releases bat into stands, striking and injuring granddaughter of Reds owner Carl Lindner.

July 1
Twists right knee while chasing fly ball against the Diamondbacks and, upon being removed from game, has heated dugout exchange about it with father, Reds coach Ken Griffey Sr.

July 4
Fans ignore his .243 batting average (but not his 26 homers) and vote him onto National League All-Star team; one week later, sits out the Midsummer Classic because of sore knee.

July 5
St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz writes that Griffey called ESPN to complain that network was running too many highlights of Cardinals centerfielder Jim Edmonds; Griffey and network deny report.

July 8
Drives in eight runs to power 14-5 victory over Indians.

Sept. 11
In 7-6 win over Cubs, partially tears upper left hamstring in a collision at home; is limited to three pinch-hit appearances the rest of the season.

Sept. 24
One year after tying for the NL wild card, Cincinnati is eliminated from postseason contention despite 4-3 win over Astros.

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