July 15, 2003

Ricky Henderson is back in the major leagues [reg. required].: I'm not a big baseball fan but I've loved Mr. Henderson ever since he was playing for the Oakland A's and the local television station showed footage of him excoriating a local sports reporter.

posted by rdr to baseball at 04:30 AM - 8 comments

Dodger John, Dodger Thoughts and Priorities and Frivolities all have perspective on this.

posted by jasonspaceman at 08:10 AM on July 15, 2003

I'm glad to see Henderson back in the bigs. I hope he keeps playing out the string until he's 50.

posted by rcade at 09:14 AM on July 15, 2003

I don't really like Rickey, never have. But if he can get it done, he deserves to be in the bigs, and I have grown to respect his sheer, almost obsessive love for the game. Why else would somebody with his legacy and probable bankroll be playing in the minor leagues? He's slowly but surely winning this fan over.

posted by vito90 at 09:43 AM on July 15, 2003

Dave has never been a fan of Rickey Henderson the man, but Dave definitely likes watching Rickey the player. Dave thinks it was sort of a shame that noone took him at the start of the season and wishes him well. Now the real question is, will he and Burnitz boost the offense? Dave tends to think that Rickey will be part time at best and Burnitz will continue to be mediocre and not give them enough of a boost. What they really need is for Green to pick it up. Dave doesn't like the Dodgers but a nice race between the Giants and Dodgers would be really fun to watch. Dave is reminded suddenly of the fact that Rickey's ex wife lived next door to him while he lived in Cali. Dave misses hearing her Ferrari engine randomly late at night and seeing it drive by.

posted by Bernreuther at 11:30 AM on July 15, 2003

The rebuilding of the Mets continues and I am thrilled that one of my teams is finally going about it the right way. I hadn’t watched a Mets game in about a year, but I’ve tuned in lately to see the youngsters out there hustling, bumbling and occasionally getting a win. Finally this team is getting fun to watch again. They play like they care. Burnitz was actually a part of this change as much as he was a part of the problem last year. By most accounts he was one of the few veterans who actually showed frustration when the rest of teammates appeared not to care (Benitez, Alomar, Cedeno, Vaughn). And that peer-to-peer accountability is something that had been missing from the Mets clubhouse since Turk Wendell called out Rickey for playing cards in the clubhouse. I wish Burnie well down the stretch in LA. As for Rickey --- I hate Rickey Henderson.

posted by 86 at 12:16 PM on July 15, 2003

vito90 thinks Dave owes him a new keyboard to replace the one vito90 spit coffee onto.

posted by vito90 at 12:49 PM on July 15, 2003

Its great to see the 'greatest' back in the game; his love of the game only surpassed by his love for himself and cards! If only we had more like him... /snark I'll be dead before Rickey retires. (its a curse, like the red sox)

posted by justgary at 02:10 PM on July 15, 2003

As much as I appreciate his zeal for the game, Rickey can kiss my ass. When he stood up after breaking Brock's record and, with Brock in the stands, said, "Brock was great, but I am the greatest," he proved what a classless dickhead he is. Having said that, he and Burnitz will help this team greatly, simply by being what Rickey has down to an art being offensive. With the Dodgers' pitching and if Green turns it on, watch out.

posted by wfrazerjr at 09:13 PM on July 15, 2003

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