Rickey Henderson was the star of the show today. Jim Rice was, for all intents and purposes, the opening act for what was Rickey’s show. It was probably the first induction ceremony I’ve ever watched in my life. I sat intently through the Joe “Flash” Gordon and Jim Rice tributes just to see the man. The man I took for granted as a child because I didn’t know how rare and special of a player he was. How was I to know Rickey Henderson was a once-in-a-lifetime player?
Well, today Rickey Henderson got his due. Today was his day. It was great to see all the green and gold in the audience today, at a time when the A’s fan base is in pergutory. That’s because Rickey was one of the greatest players we have, and will see, in our lifetimes. His speech left a little to be desired. I felt like I was watching Forrest Gump to be honest. That’s not a jab at Rickey. I would never insult Rickey’s intelligence, for he is an Oakland Tech alum, like my grandmother. But let’s be real, no one’s ever accused him of being the smartest leadoff hitter in the history of baseball! Did he not have someone proof read his speech? At any rate, I still watched without distraction, much like I did in the late 80s / early 90s in during the peak of his career.
Next weekend, the Rickey-fest continues back home in Oakland, as the A’s will retire his number 24. If I don’t have an eyewitness account posted here by Monday morning, feel free to question my devotion to the Oakland Athletics forever. Congratulations, Rickey. And in the meantime…. Eric Patterson ladies and gentlemen!!!