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Yankees pay tribute to Henderson

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jan 12, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

These quotes courtesy of the Yankees:

George Steinbrenner: “There was only one Rickey Henderson in baseball. He was the greatest leadoff hitter of all time. I consider him a great friend with tremendous spirit and a true Yankee.”

Willie Randolph: “Rickey and I have been friends for a long time, and I am ecstatic for him. I’ve been fortunate and blessed to have played with a great number of phenomenal baseball players but pound-for-pound, Rickey Henderson is the best player I’ve ever played beside. No one was able to impact the course of a game in as many ways as Rickey. This is a great day for him, and I can’t wait to hear his acceptance speech.”

Dave Winfield: “His election is well-deserved. He was one of the best players I that ever played with and obviously the best leadoff hitter in baseball. We had a lot of fun pushing each other to play at higher levels. I’m very glad to see he got in.”

Ken Griffey Sr.: “Rickey was one of the most competitive players I’ve ever seen. He was relentless. He could beat you with his legs and his bat, and he could beat you from the leadoff position, which was something people hadn’t seen before. As a person, Rickey was very funny and generous. I hung out and talked with him a lot, and we used to go to dinner. I enjoyed every minute of those years.”

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