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06/01/08 1:10 PM ET
Griffey mum on milestone momentum
Reds broadcaster unable to coax comment out of outfielder
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
CINCINNATI -- Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman tried to go where no beat writer or national writer has been able to go before. Before Sunday's Reds-Braves game, Brennaman approached Ken Griffey Jr. to ask him if he was thinking about reaching the 600 home run milestone. "I don't talk about it," Griffey said in a lighthearted manner. "Oh, c'mon," Brennaman replied. Near his clubhouse locker, Griffey turned to the writers watching the exchange. "Have I talked about it with you?" Griffey said. "Have I talked about it with you?" he asked five more reporters in succession. Each reporter answered, 'No.' Griffey hit No. 599 vs. Atlanta in the first inning during Saturday's 8-7 Cincinnati win. He has said little, if anything, since he started closing in on 600 homers last season. "I'm so superstitious about everything," Griffey said. "I'd sell off my car. I'd sell off my house. The only thing sacred is my wife and kids. Everything else is sold off like cattle."
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.