Ken Griffey Jr. makes a running catch during a 1999 Mariners-Yankees game. (V.J. Lovero/SI)
GALLERY: Ken Griffey Jr. Through the Years
On this date in baseball history - John Danks threw eight innings of shut-out baseball, aided by a Ken Griffey Jr. outfield assist; Jim Thome produced the only run of the game with a solo shot in the seventh; and a diving catch by Brian Anderson for the final out helped the White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins, 1-0, in Game 163 for the AL Central crown. Also known as “The Blackout Game.” (September 30th, 2008)
Mr. Burns: Smithers, it’s almost game time! Where the devil are my ringers?
Smithers: Sir, Mike Scioscia may not live through the night. Steve Sax is looking at six consecutive life sentences. Ozzie Smith seems to have vanished off the face of the earth.
Mr Burns: Well, what about Canseco? What about Clemens?
Smithers: Sir, he’s in no condition to play.
Things that make you go huh
Ken Griffey Jr. -> Retires without a World Series ring
David Eckstein -> 2006 World Series MVP