With all these players getting threads, Rickey should probably have one too. Post whatever you have to say about Rickey Henderson. Here's something I once wrote about him:
Rickey was fun wherever he went, and the fans generally liked him. I remember when he came to the Red Sox for the 2002 season, and while he was no longer really a good player, he was nonetheless my favorite player in the world that season. I remember I was at a game and caught a ball he threw into the stands. He was awesome, I've loved him ever since. He also like many leadoff men even in his prime was a horribly underrappreciated and underrated player.
Rickey was, IMO, the best player of the 1980s, the best leadoff man of all time, and a true unique offensive force in the history of the game for his whole career. Using more sophisticated methods, he is close to the offensive equal of players like Musial who put up much more eye-catching numbers for career value. Based only on career value IMO he is easily one of the top 10 players to ever play the game.
There were also few who brought a true dynamic to the game like Rickey Henderson in his prime, and based on that I think there are few who brought as much that can't be attributed to in the numbers. Rickey in his prime years would often score a run almost half the time he got on base, and of course he was on base constantly. He was unbelieveably fast, but not quite known as the fastest in game, but no one got a better jump on the bases than Rickey. He played very smart in the outfield, always getting a great jump on the ball and using his speed to make up for his not so great arm. I think Rickey was a very underrated fielder, and the statistical metrics have confirmed this (Matt's PCA has him the best fielding LFer of all time). He always used his speed to make up for that not so great arm, and that is definitely evidenced by his assist totals, he averaged 8.8 per 162 games in the outfield.
Rickey had power hitters follow him all around and everywhere they went they put up huge RBI totals. Tony Armas a few years in Oakland, Mattingly in NY, Canseco and McGwire in Oakland. Rickey made "great" middle of the order hitters, and in many cases they got credit for Rickey's great leadoff work, and that made many of them (Mattingly most specificially) overrated. I think Rickey deserved the MVP WAY over Mattingly in '85.
Rickey was playing with the Red Sox in 2002 and I was at the game in staying early in batting practice (don't remember the date or anything, I think it was against the Blue Jays). A fly ball came out to Rickey in BP, and he made one of his old signature catches, when he moved his arm across his body and snatched the ball right in front of his chest. I had never seen Rickey do that before at that time, and was excited by it. I just hoped he wouldn't do something like that in the game, but it was to me a unique thing, something that could be practiced at home in good fun. I had already taken quite the liking to Rickey, but after he made that catch and threw it up into the stands (much to my displeasure not towards me), he was one of my favorites. He remained that way, and still is one of my favorite historical players today. I wish I could have seen him in his prime!!