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.
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.
With a fourth-inning blast off Rockies righthander Rolando Arrojo, becomes youngest player (30 years, 141 days) to hit 400 home runs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Drives in eight runs to power 14-5 victory over Indians.
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.
One year after tying for the NL wild card, Cincinnati is eliminated from postseason contention despite 4-3 win over Astros.