The 6th player ever in Major League Baseball history to do it – and he did it Monday night at Dolphins Stadium as the Marlins were hosting the Reds.
Ken Griffey Jr, who started his career in Seattle, watched his father play for the Reds during their heyday while growing up. Now, he has helped create a bit of Reds history himself, hitting his 600th home run 413 feet into the right field seats. The home run came on a 3-1 count off of pitcher Mark Hendrickson.
The ball, caught by a Marlins fan, surely will be sold to the highest bidder but this makes for an interesting case about Griffey and his hall of fame credentials. He is one of the top home run hitters of all time and surely is a testament to his durability. Next up, ex-Cubbie slugger Sammy Sosa who hit 609 home runs in his career.
A few years ago, this day may have seemed not likely at all for Griffey who was faced with injury after injury in his pursuit of history. Now, he can rest easier – the only question is, how long will he continue to play and did the pressure of hitting #600 weigh on him a bit?