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Monday, June 9, 2008

Ken Griffey Hits Number 600

Ken Griffey Jr. became the newest member of an elite club on Monday. With his two-run shot vs. the Marlins, Griffey became just the sixth player in MLB history with 600 career homers to his name. Next up? Sammy Sosa and 609.

The 38-year-old homered with Jerry Hairston on third and one out. The left-handed swinger launched a 3-1 pitch 413 feet into the right field seats. Griffey received a standing ovation from the relatively sparse crowd and responded by coming out of the Reds dugout and tipping his helmet to the fans

Controversy ensued in the stands following the home run. Justin Kimball, a 25-year-old from Miami, said he caught the home run ball, put it in a wool cap and then had the cap ripped from his hands. Kimball said someone ran off with the ball. Police said they had found the fan with the baseball and would look at video tape to see if Kimball's claims could be supported. However, the Florida Marlins announced Major League Baseball had authenticated the home run ball for a middle-aged male fan who would only give his first name as Joe.

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