December 05, 2006

Henderson may be Mets first base coach

Omar Minaya has said that Rickey Henderson is in the running for the Mets first base coach. This has a Saturday Night Live skit written all over it.

Below are some valuable stories of Rickey from Wikipedia for the Mets to digest when deciding on the job:

- Calling Padres GM Kevin Towers to inquire about a contract and leaving a message starting "this is Rickey, calling on behalf of Rickey."

-Talking to himself at length when he is up to bat. He has been known to speak to his bats, asking them which one has the next hit inside them.

-Rickey was offered a seat on the team bus, the player saying that he had tenure. To which Rickey replied, "Ten years? What are you talking about? Rickey got 16, 17 years."

-Oakland A's Team bookkeepers could not account for a $1 million discrepancy in their finances. The mysterious figure was eventually traced to Henderson, who had received the sum as a signing bonus. Instead of cashing the check, he had it framed, where it still hung on his wall.

-Henderson has also been reported to take practice swings in the locker room in front of a mirror completely naked while repeatedly saying "Rickey's the best! You tha man, Rickey!"

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