HoustonChronicle.com
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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