Congratulations to Ken Griffey Jr. and his fans for reaching a vaunted round-numbered milestone. Kid hit career tater tot number 600 tonight off Mark Hendrickson of the Florida Marlins. Make no mistake about it: Ken Griffey Jr. was and is a superior baseball talent and a first ballot hall-of-famer.
Griffey hasn't driven in 100 RBI in nine years or slugged over .600 in ten years but he also hasn't played for any good teams in twelve years. It's not his fault the Seattle and Cincinnati organizations are/were so poorly run. Still, he's got ten Gold Glove Awards, seven Silver Sluggers, thirteen All-Star appearances, and one bright shiny American League MVP award. (It probably should have been two. Juan Gonzalez? Really?)
Most of all, we'll remember Griffey for being an entertainer, able to climb centerfield walls to record outs on would-be ding-dongs and willing to give up his jock to a fan or pay his debts in pennies.