Courtesy of C. Trent Rosecrans' Blog:
Big League gag
Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 04:31 PM EST [Reds]
Reds reliever Josh Fogg walked into the clubhouse Wednesday and couldn't find his glove.
It's not that his glove wasn't in his locker, but it's that it was behind 60 boxes of pennies, weighing 16 pounds each and worth $25 each.
Ken Griffey Jr. owed Fogg $1,500.
"When you owe a man $1,500, you pay him $1,500," Griffey said.
Fogg, couldn't believe it. He said Griffey told him he'd pay him in pennies, but he didn't believe it.
"I'd like to thank the people at National City for making it happen," Griffey said.
Not to mention the clubhouse crew that brought in the pennies and stacked them in Fogg's locker.
"I'm going to take them to the bullpen and count them, I'm free for about nine innings," Fogg said.
Bullpen catcher Mike Stefanski offered Fogg a $1,000 check for the pile and said he'd move them out of his locker for them. Fogg asked Stefanski if he wanted to help count them in the bullpen.
Griffey said he wanted to have them delivered in bags, but he would have felt bad for the people at the bank who would have to count them when Fogg deposited his booty.
Noticing the Brinks stamp on the boxes, Fogg said, "They probably brought them in the Brinks truck with Griffey's paycheck."
Still, Fogg was in disbelief that it actually happened.
"There's not much with a bank I can't do," Griffey said. "Including bouncing it."
Everyone in the clubhouse was pretty impressed by the joke.
"Someone had to keep everyone in this locker room from killing each other," Griffey said.
What a great gag! Also, in Rosecrans' blog about Keppinger's injury, Jeff talks about how Griffey really sat down and talked with him and calmed him down last night. That is a true veteran looking out for young upcoming players. With all of the trade talk swirling around Griffey, it really makes me sad to think he may not retire as a Cincinnati Red.