Monday, September 25, 2006

Nothing to it

When a reporter, in jest, suggested to Ken Griffey Jr. that the game of baseball must be "easy", the Reds outfielder grinned widely.

Of course it isn't, but future Hall of Famers often make it seem so.

After missing 17 games with a dislocated right toe, Griffey made his first plate appearance in the eighth inning of Monday's home finale at Great American Ball Park and promptly delivered a pinch-hit three-run home run to help lift the Reds to a 5-4 victory.

The home run was the 563rd of Griffey's career tying him with Reggie Jackson for 10th on the all-time list.

"I'd like to have the title of Mr. October too," said Griffey. "I was really just trying not to embarrass myself. I just got a pitch up in the zone."

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