Sept. 29, 2001
Give Griffey his due
-- Nice touch by Ken Griffey Jr. Before Tuesday's game, he was
given a printout of an e-mail from Katrina Marino, wife of
missing New York fireman Kenny Marino.
"Ken Griffey Jr. was my husband's favorite baseball
player," she wrote. "If Ken Griffey could hit an extra home
run for Ken, I know he will be looking down with a big grin."
Griffey did just that in the fourth inning against Phillies
righthander Dave Coggin.
"I'm glad I could do it," he said. "So many people
lost their lives in that disaster and lives have been changed. Mine has
changed since that day. So to be able to do something for somebody else
and for somebody who said I was his favorite player is special.
"But no matter what, it doesn't amount to anything. This guy
lost his life to save others and it means a lot that somebody took the
time to send an e-mail to tell me to hit a home run. I'm glad I was able
to make her smile."
Griffey autographed the bat and sent it to Katrina, along with a
videotape of the home run and copies of the local newspapers.
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