Big news out of Cincy is that Ken Griffey Jr. has been traded to the Chi Sox. Guy has never won a title so maybe he gets a shot at the World Series this year (The White Sox are as of this writing up a game and a half in the AL Central).
This marks the end to a long period of unfulfilled hopes both for the Reds and Griffey. He spent many of his years in Cincy on and off the DL, never really getting it together. The Reds mortgaged their team for a decade to Griffey (and his bum legs, knees, etc.). I remember when he was initially traded (I was in my last year of college), living in a house of almost all Cincinnatians and the excitement was unbelievable. But it just panned out. Reds never made the playoffs during the Griffey years.
Some of it was just simple bad luck, some of it Griffey’s notoriously bad (to non-existent) off-season training regime. At the time while I was happy I never understood why when he was heading into this 30s he would go from the AL (with DHs) to the NL where he would have to play in the field. Smart money tends to be on the reverse. Maybe it’ll work out for him in Chicago. The Reds get 2 players a reliever and a prospect. But mostly a chance to dump Griffey’s huge salary.