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Thank you: Monday marked the Reds' first visit to Busch Stadium since Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 500th career homer on a Sunday afternoon in St. Louis, and the slugger returned bearing gifts. Griffey is taking care of the fan who caught the historic home run ball and gave it to him.

Griffey presented Mark Crummley of Mt. Carmel, Ill., with four plane tickets to Houston, four field box seats, four tickets to the Home Run Derby and Fan Fest and hotel accommodations for the All-Star Game in Houston. It's quite a package for the 19-year-old Southern Illinois University-Carbondale student. Crummley will even be on the field shagging flies during the Home Run Derby at Minute Maid Park.

"We had to work through some things and he had to work around a job and classes," said Griffey. "We had to work some things out with Major League Baseball, but once we worked it out it was easy.

"It seemed like a natural thing to do. I wanted to do something nice for him because he made such a great gesture to me and my family. We'll hang together some, but he might be off doing all the fan things you do at the game. It will be fun to have him there."

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