For Griffey, 564 = 10

Last night, Ken Griffey Jr. hit career home run no. 564, vaulting him past Reginald Martinez Jackson into soul possession of the tenth spot in the all time list. The blow was a 2-run shot off of Kip Wells, of the Cards, and it came after Junior had been sidelined for 4 days with diverticulitis. Yes, diverticulitis. The man has had his share of health issues over the years. Over on his blog, Jason Kottke projects that, without all the lost time to his various ailments, Griffey would now be at 717 homers—and, presumably, still going strong. As Jason writes, “woulda, shoulda, coulda.” Nevermind the totals, watching a healthy Griffey in his prime was a true pleasure. There remains no more aesthetically pleasing swing in the game. Textbook.

7 comments… add one
  • yesterday, I traded Junior, and picked up Wells off the free agent list. How much does that suck?

    Brad April 25, 2007, 3:39 pm
  • I have diverticulitis and let me tell you, when it hits, it kills, feels like 1000 burning knives being stabbed in to your abdomen. Takes about 3 or 4 days for the antibiotics to clear it up and the docs keep telling me to get the surgery so it might not come back, but I don’t like doctors.

    LocklandSF April 25, 2007, 3:48 pm
  • TMI!

    YF April 25, 2007, 4:03 pm
  • Oh, come on YF, you know you want to hear about all of our unique ailments, especially my unusual outpocketings of the colonic mucosa and submucosa through weaknesses of muscle layers in the colon wall.
    You know, just for kicks.

    LocklandSF April 25, 2007, 4:11 pm
  • At least it’s more interesting than talking about, say, the Yankees..

    Anonymous April 25, 2007, 4:20 pm
  • I have weird polyps on my inner eyelids. Anyone else have that?

    tom yf April 25, 2007, 4:26 pm
  • I had the shits last week, if that counts.
    I really wish Griffey hadn’t gotten hurt so much. It’d be great to be seeing him uprooting a broken-down Bonds right about now, wouldn’t it?

    Steve April 25, 2007, 4:28 pm

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