Twelve years ago today, The Kid came home
On this date in 2000, 'The Kid' gets traded to Cincinnati
He opened his press conference with the words, "Well, I'm finally home."
Once considered a lock to break the home run record previously held by Hank Aaron, The Kid was plagued by injuries throughout his career in Cincinnati. Still, he managed to belt 210 homers and drive in 602 runs in nine seasons with the Reds before being traded to the Chicago White Sox on July 31, 2008.
In return for Griffey, Seattle received pitcher Brett Tomko, outfielder Mike Cameron and two Minor Leaguers.
Griffey would retire during the 2010 season, finishing with 630 career home runs. Who knows how many long balls he would have hit if he had been able to stay healthy? Injuries aside, The Kid had one of the best swings in the game was one of the most exciting players to watch in his prime.