Jim Rice and Rickey Henderson INDUCTEES
The slugger and the speedster spoke to me last week, just before they were enshrined in the Hall of Fame on Sunday in Cooperstown
Dan Patrick: What piece of memorabilia interested you the most on past trips to the Hall of Fame?
Jim Rice: The equipment they used to play with. You look at the spikes, the gloves and how small they were. You had to have good hands. And playing all day in the sun in a wool uniform, that was pretty tough.
DP: How would you have handled balls hit off the Green Monster with one of those gloves?
JR: Most of the time you barehand the ball anyway.
DP: You were offered a football scholarship by Nebraska. Do you ever think about how your life would have been different if you had gone to college?
JR: I never thought about that. I played football, baseball and basketball in high school. It would have been tough to go to college and only play one sport.
DP: Were you a Ronnie Lott type, a hard hitter?
JR: No, I loved to catch the ball.