Autograph Of The Week: Ken Griffey Jr.
On April 10, 2000, Ken Griffey Jr. became the youngest player in Major League history to reach the four-hundred career home run plateau. Griffey had been moving consistently up this "chart" (which can be read in fast fact number one) throughout his Major League career and when asked by Joe Morgan whether a defensive play was better than a home run Griffey humbly replied, "Well, yeah because if I hit a home run I can't do the things I want to do. I can't show the pitcher up, number one. I can't show some of the enthusiasm that I have when I do hit a home run, but I can when I make a great catch. I can do some things especially to some guys who I have a friendly rivalry against - like Kenny Lofton."
After the game was over reporters asked Ken Griffey Jr. how he felt about hitting this particular home run. Griffey said, "It's a special moment for both of us, especially that I can do it in front of him. I don't think I started smiling until I got to the dugout and looked at all the guys sitting there waiting for me to come in. That was pretty special."