Griffey pays Fogg off in pennies

Griffey pays Fogg off in pennies

CINCINNATI -- Why stop at giving your two cents when you can give 149,998 more?

Ken Griffey Jr. owed Josh Fogg $1,500, and the Reds right fielder did exactly what he promised when it came time to pay up -- he paid in pennies.

Fogg, a former starter sent to the bullpen after a lackluster start to the season, entered the Cincinnati clubhouse Wednesday to find his locker filled to the brim with 60 boxes, each holding $25 worth of pennies.

"I'm a man of my word," Griffey said.

Fogg said he didn't believe Griffey when he claimed he would pay in pennies. So when Fogg walked to his locker, he could only stare at the stack of boxes that reached to the top of his locker and blocked access to most of his clothes, shoes and equipment.

Neither player revealed what the payment was for, though it appeared to be for some sort of wager.

Asked what he was going to do with the boxes -- each weighing about 16 pounds -- Fogg didn't have much for an answer.

"I have no idea," Fogg said. "I'll probably take them out to the bullpen and count them. I have a lot of time on my hands out there."

Griffey's wry smile as he sat on the opposite side of the clubhouse told the story.

"The man's got basically 60 16-pound bowling balls in his locker," Griffey said. "That's a man's bowling ball."

Brandon Harris is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.