Rickey Henderson won’t give retirement the upper hand.
“I believe today, and people say I’m crazy, but if you gave me as many at-bats that you would give the runners out there today, I would out-steal every last one of them,” Henderson said with typical bravado. Rickey got specific, noting, “I can go out and steal as many bases as [Jose] Reyes steals.” Reyes stole 56 bases last year.
“I might have lost a step or two, but I learned a step or two in knowledge that I can pick a pitch and walk to second base,” Henderson said.
And Rickey is genuine in his belief that he can still play. Want proof?
In 2007 Billy Beane offered him a roster spot with the Oakland Athletics for one game, so that he could officially retire with the A’s. But he turned that down, saying “I don’t want no one day. I want to play, man.”
Shine on, you crazy diamond.