A Rocky Return

A chronicle of Ken Griffey Jr.'s time with the Reds
May 19, 2002

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.

NOV. 3: After Ron Oester and Willie Randolph reject the Reds' lowball offers, Cincinnati hires as manager Bob Boone--and not Griffey Sr., who also interviewed for job--to replace the fired Jack McKeon.

MARCH 26, 2001: Partially tears lower left hamstring while rounding third base in spring training game.

APRIL 29: Placed on disabled list a day after aggravating injured hamstring in pinch-hit appearance; used solely as pinch hitter during April, goes 0 for 12.

JUNE 15: In first start of season, gets one single in three at bats.

JULY 3: Finishes fifth among NL outfielders in All-Star voting, ending string of 11 straight All-Star Game selections.

JULY 27: Suggests to The Cincinnati Enquirer that he might consider retirement if Reds continue to dump salary.

AUG. 9: First-inning round-tripper off Giants righthander Russ Ortiz makes Griffey youngest player (31 years, 261 days) to reach
450-home-run mark.

AUG. 20: With hamstring still sore, hits 11th-inning, game-winning, inside-the-park home run to beat Cardinals.

OCT. 6: Mariners win 116th regular-season game, tying 1906 Cubs for most alltime.

FEB. 20, 2002: Former Reds teammate Pokey Reese, now with the Pirates, tells the Enquirer that Griffey wasn't a leader and that he demanded special treatment, which hurt team chemistry; two days later another former Red, Dmitri Young, now with the Tigers, echoes those sentiments, saying, "There were guys who kissed [Griffey's] butt and guys who didn't care to hear about all that
materialistic stuff."

FEB. 22: Griffey Sr. tenders his resignation as first base coach,
claiming he was "being treated like dirt"; becomes special
consultant and scout for the club.

APRIL 7: Griffey dislocates right kneecap and tears patellar
tendon in same knee during rundown against Expos (below).

MAY 6: Blasts Cincinnati fans after 74% of respondents to TV station poll say he should remain on bench even after knee is
healthy enough for him to return. 

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)