So, now that Roger Clemens has made his return to the big leagues, Rickey Henderson has been all over the place trying to get a gig of his own in the pros. But while he waits for some sucker to sign him, he’s enjoying his free days by getting reacquainted with America’s pastime and on Monday he took in a game between the Mets and Giants at AT&T Park.
Turned out Rickey was in the right place at the right time because he ended up snagging a foul ball while sitting in the stands. No big deal, right? After all, it’s not the first time that Henderson has made a nice catch. But apparently Henderson wanted to add the ball to his personal collection of memorabilia and he refused to give it up to some lil’ tike that was sitting by him. What a swell guy!
Everybody was asking me for the ball,” Henderson said Tuesday, according to the Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J. “I said, ‘You’re not getting this ball. I always wanted to get a foul ball. This one’s going on a shelf at home.’
But to prove that he wasn’t a complete jerk, Henderson did sign a ball that the kid already had. Seems to us that he could have just flipped the ball to the kid; c’mon, is he really going to move his AL MVP, Golden Glove or ALCS MVP awards down the shelf so that he can prominently display the foul ball he caught? Everyone knows just how selfish and conceded this guy is. Who else but Rickey says stuff like “Lou Brock was the symbol of great base stealing. But today, I’m the greatest of all time,” after breaking a record? Oh well, as Rickey would say, “That’s just Rickey being Rickey.”
[SignOnSanDiego.com]: Want a foul ball? Then catch it, kid