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Rickey Henderson: modern day Robin Hood

Feb 21, 2013, 4:34 PM EDT

Rickey Henderson #24

I said I was done talking about Mike Piazza’s book, but I lied. NotGraphs’ Robert Baumann flagged a great excerpt involving Rickey Henderson always wanting to vote everyone with any possible connection to the team a full playoff share because “F*ck that! You can change someone’s life!”

There are all kinds of Rickey Henderson anecdotes floating around out there which portray him as vain, clueless or in some cases even dumb. Some of the more famous ones — including not knowing who John Olerud was despite previously being his teammate — are simply made up.  Nice to see one — which, unless Piazza got this fact wrong too — that shows him being a standup guy.

  1. cur68 - Feb 21, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Ah, Ricky being Ricky.

    My favourite “You lied…”:

    • badintent - Feb 22, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      Great video. thanks.

  2. xmatt0926x - Feb 21, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Did the Olerud thing not happen? I could have sworn I saw Olerud himself do an interview where he repeated that story. Who knows….

  3. larrybrown43 - Feb 21, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    You see the world as you are. Mike Piazza clearly sees it with a good heart as does Craig Calcaterra for being touched by the Henderson story.

  4. bigharold - Feb 21, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    I always thought Ricky was cool, ..Now I’m sure of it.

  5. vallewho - Feb 21, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Ricky being Ricky.

    • vallewho - Feb 21, 2013 at 5:12 PM

      I mean Rickey being Rickey.

  6. jimbo75025 - Feb 21, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Oh well, Rickey showed up to play every day. He would probably still be playing if any team would have him.

  7. mullman76 - Feb 21, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    One of the best ever. Bottom line.

  8. oldnavyperformancefleece - Feb 21, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    One of the best that ever played any game. And nobody loved his game more.

    If the Hall of Fame had a Hame of Fame for the best Hall of Famers, he would be in it…..And he would be batting lead off.

  9. tuberippin - Feb 22, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    This reminds me of one of my favorite David Cross skits:

  10. Cereal - Feb 22, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Dude’s robbin’ bases

  11. b453841l - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    He’s been giving all the bases he stole to the poor this whole time???

  12. badintent - Feb 22, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Craig.” Even dumb.” You did mean that tongue in cheek right ? Rickey= dumb and dumber.

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