Monday, January 12, 2009

The Greatest of All Time shows us, his adoring fans, once again why he is thusly dubbed

Those little interviews sideline reporters do with professional athletes are usually an exercise in speaking without saying anything. String together a few sentences about coming to play, executing, giving credit to the other team, then pepper them with a generous amount of "you know"s, and you can pretty much write your own at home. Cliched and completely disposable. But when I read this one from Rickey Henderson in the paper this morning I nearly spat my chocolate milk across the room:

A reporter once asked Henderson about the late Ken Caminiti’s assertion that 50 percent of the players in baseball were on steroids, to which Henderson replied, "Well, Rickey’s not one of them, so that’s 49 percent right there.""

Aside from the inherant awesomeness that comes from referring to oneself in the third person, The Greatest's mastery of statistics is a light in the black we all must diligently seek. An angel in heaven died when he retired.


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