Cincinnati Reds prospect Dernell Stenson was killed in Arizona November 3, 2003 when a carjacking went bad. Ken Griffey Jr. called the Baseball Hall of Fame to set it up so that Dernell’s son could throw out the first pitch before an exhibition game that was to be played May 15th between the Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Although the game was washed out, it was still a good day for young Kobe Stenson. Junior took Kobe to meet all the players. “I just wanted to see how much the little man looked like his father”, exclaimed Griffey. This is what being a star is all about, being a man gentle enough to reach out to a kid.

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