March 30, 2006

Twenty five Rickey Henderson anecdotes:

posted by xmutex to baseball at 12:57 PM - 24 comments

Great read. I love the Olerud one, even if it is an urban legend. I have the prospect card for the player who got traded for Rickey Henderson in 1993. Mint condition. I'm open to offers!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:05 PM on March 30

Uncle Rico from the site put it best: "Its a Rickey World, we're just living in it." Fun character for sure.

posted by jerseygirl at 01:15 PM on March 30

That is hysterical. My favorite: 17) 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.”

posted by bperk at 01:17 PM on March 30

That was awesome....I laughed my ass off at the mike gallegos comment!!!

posted by Grrrlacher at 01:43 PM on March 30

Baseball needs more "characters" in it like Rickey. His talking to the bat wasn't so strange though. I remember Mark "The Bird" Fidrych talking to the ball before each pitch.

posted by commander cody at 01:54 PM on March 30

Rickey Henderson needs his own reality tv show. I have never been more sure of anything in my life. He's among the funniest and most bizarre personalities not only in baseball but in the world.

posted by fenriq at 02:49 PM on March 30

My father used to tell me stories about when Rickey played for the Jersey City Generals in Roosevelt Stadium in the 70's and how he was like "Dat Dude" he would command the fans to cheer his name he would do the snatch catch. He was basically always Rickey its not like he one day mad a million dollars and started talking crazy.. He was always that day. That was a great post xmutex I miss the guy old leather face as we call him in Jersey.

posted by Robb Dubbs at 03:37 PM on March 30

Man, I wish #16 were true. It's my fav.

posted by Dan121377 at 03:38 PM on March 30

I'm so glad Rickey is Rickey.

posted by chicobangs at 04:58 PM on March 30

They seroiusly need to make a reality show with Rickey, and Flava Flav- that would be sweet!

posted by redsoxrgay at 07:21 PM on March 30

i love this. i also love T.O's personality, chad johnson personality. they are all the same but you guys choose wich ones you like. IDIOTS!

posted by bronxbomber at 08:41 PM on March 30

bronxbomber, they're not all the same. We're all different, even the loud wide receivers of us, we're all unique snowflakes, and we're all colorful and annoying and cool in our own ways. But given that, Chico's gotta say this: Chico loves your personality too, you idiot, you.

posted by chicobangs at 08:56 PM on March 30

But given that, Chico's gotta say this: Chico loves your personality too, you idiot, you. AAwwwwwwwww

posted by commander cody at 09:46 PM on March 30

We're all different i'm not.

posted by goddam at 09:56 PM on March 30

goddam <<< she's not.

posted by justgary at 10:04 PM on March 30

We got to know Rickey while he was with the Texas Rangers and learned to really love Rickey. Hell Rickey loves Rickey so much that you have to love somebody so well loved.

posted by Bud Lang at 11:00 PM on March 30

These are priceless. Rickey is so aloof and such a hot dog, it's easy to see how these stories come about. It's also easy to overlook in all this that we're talking about the most talented and dynamic baseball player of the last 30 years (I'm totally on board with the writer on this point). He and Ruth actually share quite a few eccentricities, one of them an enduring, unquenchable love for baseball. I mean, the guy has been playing minor league ball for how long? He has an ego, sure, but I really think if we called him with a pickup game right now he would come. I totally admire the guy.

posted by BullpenPro at 01:30 AM on March 31

fenriq likes Rickey. In fact, fenriq likes Rickey alot and knows that Rickey could still totally smoke fenriq in a footrace of just about any length. But fenriq's okay with that, he's a biker. But fenriq also respects the hell out of Rickey.

posted by fenriq at 02:15 AM on March 31

You're not trying to tell me there's anything wrong with standing buck-ass-naked in front of a full-length mirror and muttering to yourself for several minutes, are you? Please don't. This is all I have, man.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 05:05 AM on March 31

Hang on to your dreams and rituals, Mister Hand. Let your love flow, like a mountain stream.

posted by chicobangs at 10:39 AM on March 31

There are three HOF inductions that grum@work is looking forward to: Rickey Henderson - for the personality Cal Ripken Jr. - for the legend Roger Clemens - for the skill

posted by grum@work at 12:28 PM on March 31

There are three HOF inductions that grum@work is looking forward to: For me, you can tack on: Greg Maddux - for the sheer violence

posted by BullpenPro at 12:38 PM on March 31

Add on Kirby Puckett and Tony Gwynn for pure hitting Ozzie Smith for flipping , i guess

posted by FozzFest at 05:12 PM on March 31

If you're looking forward to the HOF inductions of Puckett and Ozzie, you are facing the wrong direction.

posted by BullpenPro at 05:22 PM on March 31

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