6.17: 1-on-1 with Rickey Henderson
Henderson and Greg Papa talk about the A's legend's Hall of Fame career.
Ricky when He came up it was 35 the 24 at the end of matter Willie Mays and of course the great. Dennis Tankersley and we are thrilled now back on a lot of -- alive to have the hall of Famer Rickey Henderson how are you Rick with what you want leadoff tonight. I would love to go out -- lead of the game and that's what I enjoy the most going active player in baseball would. You know right now it you know like England and plays like try to give them my -- its velocity He isn't. Try to hit them will have success in the game in and try to. TC eminently what would you -- me. -- weeks this young guy first seven games in the major leagues He has three triples He has incredible long speed but as a base stealer. And you're working with the team now as a as a roving instructor you were there in the spring and you've seen in the minors a bit. What do you see from weeks long term Rick is a big steeler. I think he's you know he's going to be a great base and admissible He just got a glut dating He got to practice don't get it worked get a I think become. To become a great base that you got to go out there and they put the time in it. This -- was reluctant Drexel hit you get to the time and to go out and learn certain. Tricks that you wanted to learn your depth and you'd be -- put you out then images that relax and a couple of it's a pretty good job that doesn't get the -- explosion out of the blocks yourself equities for a guy -- slight of build its out of the blocks pretty quick and yeah it got to block -- quick I think he's 32 pitch as well as He did that jump awful the biggest thing right now is just learn is and so the nails that He you know He can get at got a jump -- but I think he's he's quick. You know He read to -- who doesn't get the job. This is the stolen base coming back into the game now I mean for so many years this organization after you retired they didn't wanna steal they didn't want to bunt they wanted to hit the ball over the fence but. The home -- seems like it's gone a little bit back in baseball in an extra ninety feet is more important is the stolen base by a bigger part of the game now that when it was ten years ago. I think is a big part of -- game is that they slowly get the guys move around like you said you know I didn't -- full 56 guys in the lineup to hit over mostly get him out affects the runs in this facility. Given that do run us to be moving in the -- -- base does that that it did that create had been forced to give making the pitcher. Think about him motivates passing that you make mistakes and get a hit as a great history. Greatest leadoff hitter in the history of the game folks obviously a first ballot hall of Famer that was two years ago we're coming up on your. Induction into the Cooperstown hall of fame and had that white suit that August day you're you're on fire reckoned that the speech. I know you work so hard to get ready for that speech had to be happy with the way it. The -- came out. I was I was very happy the way came out you know base when you view -- there is you try not to get. Some of the great blow it teaches it taught you along the way forcing up and you have this assessed the force to be able to get into the all the things that He tried not to make that mistake in the you know I -- -- -- you -- The go to book a college team in the you know try to right cracks it might speak in front of the key is that stuff and let them out last -- I did it go in the that I think that's kept me alive. You nailed it had to be very happy with the way the wind got up there and actually looking out over all those people here you're on national TV I think you look you Rose to the biggest moment the biggest stages in baseball the World Series the post season. You're cool but at that moment of real little a little tight -- How little outside I was nervous then and hoping that I don't make a mistake in you know. Like you say and just try to feel good about a seven try to you know. Give everybody that you know help you along the way the their respected you know that's. They just there is listed as. House hanging on every word I was looking for that speech for years and did you actually nailed -- that was two years ago. So when you went back last year for for the hall of fame induction Andre Dawson went in. Have to go back this year Bert Blyleven goes that is it's totally different five for you can you know just relax and -- B Ricky the hall of Famer. Alia is totally different -- you got to go out there and make the speech didn't you just gotta go within licences speeds and have fun we did they get the eviction notice of the baseball and all the great players that played that. He seems to get this listen to all the -- result build. Jokes in noted. The what decoded. Heck anybody any in any great players that did that that -- you'll. What they would do and integrate time that they had fun candidate in the jokes and -- when He played a lot of joke so a lot of play. So to what happens when your Cooperstown it is just the hall of famers in Willie Mays walks in the room because when you're in the room there aren't too many guys you could say. He was better than me but wherever the original it's 44 walks a direct T have the ball a little bit to two Willie. Yes you do about it you know cause He set the stage -- foursome would I was coming up and looking at what they may think me and you want to be that type of ball they know He He played the game the right way so you know when you. In a rule with him you respected and you just hoping you guys in years and just missed everything yet to say in the respect what he's done this that I left the base well. Or number 24 when He went to new York and utterly mantra yes I -- put -- -- on it -- Mazen. Open it up component is the step and played a game the right way and they and have fun to do it. Certainly did Rick and I can keep getting a lot of levity in the club us to get ready for the game tonight but -- thank you so much for your time and congratulations to you my friend you look great.