Baseball Notebook | Ken Griffey Jr. apologizes to fans for gesture
Ken Griffey Jr. thanked Cincinnati Reds fans on Saturday for their support during his nine seasons in his hometown, and apologized for his...
CINCINNATI — Ken Griffey Jr. thanked Cincinnati Reds fans on Saturday for their support during his nine seasons in his hometown, and apologized for his throat-slash gesture last weekend.
Griffey, who was traded to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday, issued a statement through the Reds' public-relations department.
After he hit what turned out to be his final home run in Cincinnati last Saturday, he reached the dugout and made a throat-slash gesture toward the broadcast booth. Griffey was upset over a Reds broadcaster's criticism of him on the air.
"I really do understand that the overwhelming majority of fans wanted so badly for me to succeed," Griffey said.
"Additionally, I would like to sincerely apologize to those fans offended by my wrongful actions last Saturday night. It was an overreaction on my part to what I felt was a series of public, inaccurate and unfair remarks about me."
Griffey's years in Cincinnati after being traded by the Mariners in 2000 were bittersweet. Injuries reduced him to part-time duty, and Reds fans directed their frustration over seven straight losing seasons at the team's most prominent player.
Honus Wagner card sold for $1.62 million
CHICAGO — An Arkansas man has bought a 1909 Honus Wagner baseball card for $1.62 million at a memorabilia auction.
The record price for a baseball card is $2.8 million — paid in 2007 for a near-mint condition Wagner card released in 1909 by the American Tobacco Company.
Bidders at the Friday night auction also spent $42,000 on Griffey's 600th home-run ball and $240,000 for a 1938 Lou Gehrig Yankees road jersey.
The new owner of the T206 Wagner card was identified as John Rogers of Little Rock, Ark. The next-highest bid for the card was $1.3 million.
There are fewer than 100 Wagner baseball cards in existence.
• St. Louis released former All-Star pitcher Matt Clement, 33, and announced that outfielder Chris Duncan will have surgery Monday to repair a ruptured disk in his neck, likely ending his season. Clement was trying to come back from shoulder surgery in 2006.
• Kansas City designated right-hander Yasuhiko Yabuta for assignment and placed second baseman Mark Grudzielanek on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained ankle.
• Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire served a one-game suspension for his outburst that led fans to throw hats and baseballs on the field during Thursday's game.
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