Junior homers for hero

Ken Griffey Jr. delivered a home run for a hero.

Before Cincinnati's game in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, media relations director Rob Butcher forwarded to Griffey an e-mail from a firefighter's widow that read:

"My husband, Kenny Marino, a Rescue 1 firefighter, is missing. Ken Griffey Jr. was his favorite player ... If Ken Griffey Jr. could hit an extra home run for Kenny, I know he will be looking down with a big smile."

Griffey obliged Katrina Marino with a fourth-inning shot into the Phillies' right-field bullpen.

"There are so many people who lost their lives in this disaster," Griffey told Cincinnati beat reporters. "It doesn't matter what I do on the baseball field. This guy lost his life trying to save others. His wife asked me to hit a home run, and I was able to do it. I'm just glad I was able to make him smile.''

Griffey said he plans to send the home run bat to the Marino family and try to meet them when the Reds visit New York next season.

"What happened has changed my life and I don't know anyone who was in the buildings," Griffey said.

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