Youâ€™ve heard of Three Coins in a Fountain, right? How about 150,000 pennies in a locker?
Thatâ€™s what Josh Fogg found in his locker when he came to work in the Cincinnati Reds clubhouse Wednesday. There were 60 boxes of pennies, $25 worth to a box, stacked in his locker â€” top to bottom like cereal boxes in Krogerâ€™s.
Fogg immediately looked at Ken Griffey Jr. and said, â€œThatâ€™s good, Griff. Thatâ€™s funny. Kick me while Iâ€™m down.â€
Griffey had told Fogg he was going to pay off the $1,500 he owed him in pennies, but Fogg didnâ€™t believe it.
â€œIâ€™m a man of my word,â€ said Griffey. â€œAnd when you owe a man $1,500, you pay him. And Iâ€™d like to thank the lovely people at National City Bank for helping me with this joke. There isnâ€™t a whole lot you can do with pennies. Just think, each box weighs 16 pounds, so the man has 60 bowling balls in his locker.â€
Fogg was mystified and mesmerized and finally said, â€œIâ€™m going to take them out to the bullpen and count them. I have a lot of time on my hands out there. Iâ€™m sure these were delivered by Brinks truck and Griffey had his paycheck in there, too.â€