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  • Rickey Henderson Thread

    Rickey be Rickey.

    Let's post information, pictures, stats, stories, quotes.

    We know Bo was a stud of an athlete.

    Rickey played baseball, football, and basketball in high school. He was a two-time All American running back in high school and had more than ten scholarship offers. He could have been Barry Sanders before Barry Sanders but chose the baseball route instead, lucky for us.

    He moved to Oakland at a young age and that's where he went to high school. No surprise that he played for the Oakland A's four times throughout his career.

    Here are some stories about Rickey.

    http://www.ilxor.com/ILX/ThreadSelec...threadid=67371

    1) In June 1999, when Henderson was playing with the Mets, he saw reporters running around the clubhouse before a game. He asked a teammate what was going on and he was told that Tom Robson, the team’s hitting coach, had just been fired. Henderson said, “Who’s he?”

    2) Rickey... on referring to himself in the third person:
    “Listen, people are always saying, ‘Rickey says Rickey.’ But it’s been blown way out of proportion. People might catch me, when they know I’m ticked off, saying, ‘Rickey, what the heck are you doing, Rickey?’ They say, ‘Darn, Rickey, what are you saying Rickey for? Why don’t you just say, ‘I?’ But I never did. I always said, ‘Rickey,’ and it became something for people to joke about.”

    3) In the early 1980s, the Oakland A’s accounting department was freaking out. The books were off $1 million. After an investigation, it was determined Rickey was the reason why. The GM asked him about a $1 million bonus he had received and Rickey said instead of cashing it, he framed it and hung it on a wall at his house.

    4) In 1996, Henderson’s first season with San Diego, he boarded the team bus and was looking for a seat. Steve Finley said, “You have tenure, sit wherever you want.” Henderson looked at Finley and said, “Ten years? Ricky’s been playing at least 16, 17 years.”

    5) This one might be my second favorite. This wasn’t too long ago, I think it was the year he ended up playing with the Red Sox. Anyway, he called San Diego GM Kevin Towers and left the following message: “This is Rickey calling on behalf of Rickey. Rickey wants to play baseball.”

    6) This one happened in Seattle. Rickey struck out and as the next batter was walking past him, he heard Henderson say, “Don’t worry, Rickey, you’re still the best.”

    7) Rickey once asked a teammate how long it would take him to drive to the Dominican Republic.

    8) Moments after breaking Lou Brock’s stolen base record, Henderson told the crowd – with Brock mere feet next to him – “Lou Brock was a great base stealer, but today, I am the greatest of all-time.”

    9) Henderson once fell asleep on an ice pack and got frostbite – which forced him to miss three games — in mid-August.

    10) A reporter asked Henderson if Ken Caminiti’s estimate that 50 percent of Major League players were taking steroids was accurate. His response was, “Well, Rickey’s not one of them, so that’s 49 percent right there.”

    11) Henderson broke Ty Cobb’s career record for runs scored with a home run. After taking his usual 45 seconds or so around the bases, Rickey slid into home plate.

    12) On being Nolan Ryan’s 5,000th career strikeout: “It gave me no chance. He (Ryan) just blew it by me. But it’s an honor. I’ll have another paragraph in all the baseball books. I’m already in the books three or four times.”

    13) San Diego GM Kevin Towers was trying to contact Rickey at a nearby hotel. He knew Henderson always used fake names to avoid the press, fans, etc. He was trying to think like Rickey and after several attempts; he was able to get Henderson on the phone.

    Rickey had checked in under Richard Pryor.

    14) I didn’t believe this one at first. However, I emailed a few contacts within the Sox organization and they claim it actually happened. This is priceless, it really is.

    The morning after the Sox finished off their 2004 World Series sweep against St. Louis, Henderson called someone in the organization looking for tickets to Game 6 at Fenway Park.

    15) The Mets were staying in a hotel less than a mile from Cinergy Field in Cincinnati. While some players walked, most took the team bus. A few minutes after they arrived — again it was less than a mile – the last players off the bus noticed a stretched limo that had just pulled up.

    Of course, Rickey emerged from the back seat.

    16) A reporter once asked Rickey if he talked to himself, “Do I talk to myself? No, I just remind myself of what I’m trying to do. You know, I never answer myself so how can I be talking to myself?”

    17) OK, I know everyone has been waiting for it. Alas, according to both parties involved, it’s not true. I wish it were. Heck, both Rickey Henderson and John Olerud have said they wish it were true. But it just didn’t happen.

    The story went that a few weeks into Henderson’s stint with the Mariners, he walked up to Olerud at the batting cage and asked him why he wore a batting helmet in the field. Olerud explained that he had an aneurysm at nine years old and he wore the helmet for protection. Legend goes that Henderson said, “Yeah, I used to play with a guy that had the same thing.” Legend also goes that Olerud said, “That was me, Rickey.”

    Henderson played with Olerud on the Blue Jays and the Mets.

    18) Rickey was asked if he had the Garth Brooks album with Friends in Low Places and Henderson said, “Rickey doesn’t have albums. Rickey has CDs.”

    19) During a contract holdout with Oakland in the early 1990s, Henderson said, “If they want to pay me like Mike Gallego, I’ll play like Gallego.”

    20) In the late 1980s, the Yankees sent Henderson a six-figure bonus check. After a few months passed, an internal audit revealed the check had not been cashed. Current Yankees GM Brian Cashman – then a low-level nobody with the organization – called Rickey and asked if there was a problem with the check. Henderson said, “I’m just waiting for the money market rates to go up.”

    21) This is my all-time favorite. Rickey was pulled over by a San Diego police officer for speeding. As the officer was approaching Rickey’s car, the window went down a few inches and a folded $100 bill emerged. The officer let Rickey and his money head home without a ticket.

    22) When he was on the Yankees in the mid-1980s, Henderson told teammates that his condo had such a great view that he could see, “The Entire State Building.”

    23) During one of his stays with Oakland, Henderson’s locker was next to Billy Beane’s. After making the team out of spring training, Beane was sent to the minors after a few months. Upon his return, about six weeks later, Henderson looked at Beane and said, “Hey, man, where have you been? Haven’t seen you in awhile.”

    24) To this day and dating back 25 years, before every game he plays, Henderson stands completely naked in front of a full length locker room mirror and says, “Ricky’s the best,” for several minutes.

    25) In the last week of his lone season with the Red Sox, Chairman Tom Werner asked Henderson what he would like for his ‘going-away’ gift. Henderson said he wasn’t going anywhere, but he would like owner John Henry’s Mercedes. Werner said it would be tough to get the same make and model in less than a week and Henderson said, “No, I want his car.” Turns out the Sox got Henderson a Red Thunderbird and when he saw it on the field before the last game of the season, Rickey said, “Whose ugly car is on the field?”

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  • #2
    It always seemed like Henderson was one of those guys everyone hated but I think he's probably missed now more than any player from his era.

    Interesting quotes by Rickey Henderson too.
    "(Shoeless Joe Jackson's fall from grace is one of the real tragedies of baseball. I always thought he was more sinned against than sinning." -- Connie Mack

    "I have the ultimate respect for Whitesox fans. They were as miserable as the Cubs and Redsox fans ever were but always had the good decency to keep it to themselves. And when they finally won the World Series, they celebrated without annoying every other fan in the country."--Jim Caple, ESPN (Jan. 12, 2011)

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    • #3
      Yeah I think he truly just loved the game. What other baseball all-time great would play for 300k toward the end. And didn't he play for Newark after he retired from MLB? Not sure if he ever thought about managing but I think he would have been great at it. Granted, he's not very well spoken and I don't think likes the media much, but he knows the game.

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      • #4
        Sultan, you created a previous Rickey Henderson thread 7 years ago.

        http://www.baseball-fever.com/showth...ight=Henderson
        Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis

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        • #5
          I would enjoy seeing a conversation between rickey henderson and yogi berra

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          • #6
            At his best, nobody could take over a game during my lifetime like Henderson could. Did he even make an out in the 1989 post-season?
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Honus Wagner Rules View Post
              Sultan, you created a previous Rickey Henderson thread 7 years ago.

              http://www.baseball-fever.com/showth...ight=Henderson
              Oh snap!!! Time flies and memory fades. My bad hehe :clowning:

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              • #8
                Originally posted by chicagowhitesox1173 View Post
                It always seemed like Henderson was one of those guys everyone hated but I think he's probably missed now more than any player from his era.

                Interesting quotes by Rickey Henderson too.
                Thats the truth, never hated him but didn't really like him.
                Until, he went to my team, the Yankees, then I really like him.
                He was a game changer like him or not.

                I do have a problem with some of his actions.
                I recall when a Yankee he wanted out and it was so obvious he was laying down near just before Oakland picked him up.
                One ball that got by him, didn't chase it down, he was doing a trot to the fence to pick up the ball.
                Another play, crucial game situation, even the broadcasters commented on this one. On a ball he hit, easy triple for him, he was out at third base by 15 feet. You should be a pro and earn your pay even if you don't like where your playing, until you move on.

                Not here to start a debate, Ricky's attitude at some times.
                I can separate the two, his attitude and his ability.
                There is no doubt, you want this guy on your side and if gets on base, a nightmare for the opposing team.
                Last edited by SHOELESSJOE3; 12-16-2012, 06:00 AM.

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                • #9
                  Rickey's swing.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by SHOELESSJOE3 View Post
                    Thats the truth, never hated him but didn't really like him.
                    Until, he went to my team, the Yankees, then I really like him.
                    He was a game changer like him or not.

                    I do have a problem with some of his actions.
                    I recall when a Yankee he wanted out and it was so obvious he was laying down near just before Oakland picked him up.
                    One ball that got by him, didn't chase it down, he was doing a trot to the fence to pick up the ball.
                    Another play, crucial game situation, even the broadcasters commented on this one. On a ball he hit, easy triple for him, he was out at third base by 15 feet. You should be a pro and earn your pay even if you don't like where your playing, until you move on.

                    Not here to start a debate, Ricky's attitude at some times.
                    I can separate the two, his attitude and his ability.
                    There is no doubt, you want this guy on your side and if gets on base, a nightmare for the opposing team.
                    That was the duality of Rickey. His talent was amazing but he accused of loafing it and not taking the game seriously often. Those accusations go back to his early Oakland years. Yet when Rickey retired he was the career leaders in runs scored, walks, and stolen bases.
                    Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis

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                    • #11
                      Classic Rickey

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                      Last edited by Sultan_1895-1948; 11-30-2014, 03:23 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Love it. Wish I could have seen him play in his heyday.
                        Rest in Peace Jose Fernandez (1992-2016)

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                        • #13
                          Oh wow! I remember that Mizuno ad for the cleats with Vincent van Go and Rickey! I always hated the ads and baseball cards where they didn't have the rights to display the team logos on caps or jerseys -- always looked so stupid. That one really looks bad with blank jerseys.

                          Can't we merge the two Rickey threads, to get all this flash and dash in the same place?
                          "It ain't braggin' if you can do it." Dizzy Dean

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                          • #14
                            The other thread was just about where people rank him as an outfielder all-time.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Sultan_1895-1948 View Post
                              The other thread was just about where people rank him as an outfielder all-time.
                              Unfortunately, that seems to be the only interest that pops up in most of the player threads on this site. It seems like a lot of people would rather play ranking games than enjoy and read about the history of the player/team/era etc.
                              "It ain't braggin' if you can do it." Dizzy Dean

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