Family watches Griffey's historic homer
Loved ones see 'The Kid' reach milestone at Dolphin Stadium
MIAMI -- Ken Griffey Jr.'s 20-year climb to 600 home runs was filled with plenty of smiles. But it was also a torturous journey filled with pain, despair and a multitude of surgical procedures and rehabilitation efforts.His wife, Melissa, has been there next to him most of the way. She was among the 16,003 fans at Dolphin Stadium to watch her husband become one of only six Major Leaguers to hit 600 home runs. "It means a lot. As you know, we've been through a lot," she said. "It just makes it sweeter. It makes all the struggles that he's been through worth it." A Seattle native, Melissa met Ken early in his big league playing days with the Mariners. They have three children, 14-year-old Trey, 12-year-old Taryn and six-year-old Tevin.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.