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What Is RICKEY HENDERSON Doing in NEWARK?
Tom Verducci
June 23, 2003
The greatest leadoff hitter of all time is beating the bushes, trying to get back to the majors—and still leaving 'em laughing at every stop
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June 23, 2003

What Is Rickey Henderson Doing In Newark?

The greatest leadoff hitter of all time is beating the bushes, trying to get back to the majors—and still leaving 'em laughing at every stop

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"I always wanted a mobile home," Rickey said.

Werner, staggered, said, "A mobile phone?"

"No," Rickey said, "a mobile homer

Werner asked Rickey for another suggestion. He asked for " John Henry's Mercedes" referring to the vehicle of another of the team's owners. Werner explained the club might have difficulty finding and taking delivery of the same make and model on short notice.

"No, I mean John Henry's Mercedes," Rickey said.

Henry wasn't about to hand over his car. On Rickey's Day, a new car was being delivered to Fenway Park just as Henderson arrived. It was a shiny red Thunderbird.

"Whose ugly car is that?" Henderson said.

That was the car the Red Sox purchased for him as a gift. "It's an old man's car, and I'm not an old man," Henderson said. He told the club it would have to pay to have the car shipped to his home in Arizona. He gave the car to his oldest daughter.

Yes, he needs one last Day in a big league park so the ending isn't so messy. And so people can get together and tell their favorite Rickey stories.

Like the time....

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