Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 11/20/14
Gettyimageproxy.ashx_requesturl_http_3a_2f_2fcache.gettyimages.com_2fxc_2f88668279.jpg_3fv_3d1_26c_3dewsasset_26k_3d2_26d_3d17a4ad9fdb9cf1937776ed92a93314c88909ec61497061ae

Rickey Henderson is a baseball legend…in more ways than one. Not only did Rickey’s 25-year playing career put him into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, but the stories that have been told about him only added to his reputation as a slightly off-center yet lovable character. Yesterday, Rickey went on the Jim Rome show and set the record straight – or thought that he was, anyway – about some of the legendary “Rickey” stories that have been floating around for years.

As one story goes, Rickey, while playing with the Mets, once went up to then teammate John Olerud, who was known for wearing a flapless batting helmet while on defense, and said that he had played with someone in Toronto who also wore a batting helmet while on defense. That person was actually Olerud, who was on that Blue Jays team with Rickey.

So, to set the record straight, here's Rickey on Rickey stories. As you will hear, Rickey isn’t exactly the most articulate person to have on a radio show.

[Listen to the audio clip at jimrome.com]

Now please excuse me as I try to translate…

“I knew John when he first got in the league…as a base stealer -- I’m always on base – at first base we used to chit-chat when I played with Oakland, he played with Toronto.”

I love that Rickey still breams with confidence. “I’m always on base.” and he was -- his career on-base percentage was .401

“To set the record straight, yes, I [probably] knew it faster than most people knew what John was doing, why he was [wearing] a hard hat.”

Interesting, but the story isn’t funny because Rickey didn’t know why Olerud wore the helmet, it was funny because Rickey allegedly didn’t know that they were teammates in Toronto.

Then, Rickey attempted to debunk the stories about him talking to himself during an at-bat...

“I used to go to the plate and a certain pitch, you know, I was so [competitive] I’d miss or certain pitches I didn’t want…the catcher to throw that pitch and it might have been a slider and I’d step out and I talk, seem like I’m talking to the bat, but really I’m reminding myself on what I gotta do up there and most people go, “Ohhh he talkin’ to the self"…I [inaudible] just let it go that, chuno people feel that you talkin’ to yourself, but it was reminding myself to bear down…it was really some motivation of getting me prepared to go out and battle.”

Aaaaand, exhale. So, in essence, Rickey is trying to explain that he wasn’t talking to himself by telling us that he would talk to himself, or his bat, in order to motivate or prepare himself for or during an at-bat. He’s wasn’t talking to himself, he was just talking to himself…and sometimes his bat. Got it.

There is no denying that Rickey is and was just a little different than your average baseball player both production wise and character wise. Honsetly, I don’t want anyone to debunk all of the Rickey stories that I’ve heard, because it’s those quirky stories, and quirky personalities like Rickey, that make the history of this game so captivating.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

MLS 2015 season preview

Report: Broncos will franchise tag Demaryius Thomas

Marshawn Lynch on final SB play: 'I was expecting the ball'

Report: Rangers acquire Keith Yandle from Coyotes

Report: Bucs to keep Vincent Jackson under current contract

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Twins to limit players' smartphone use on game days

Shane Battier: Carmelo Anthony is not that tough to guard

Ronda Rousey would be 'happy' to fight Cat Zingano again

Markieff Morris calls out Suns fans after loss

Cowboys to let DeMarco Murray test free agency?

Brock Lesnar attends UFC 184, keeps MMA rumors alive

WATCH: Sidney Crosby gets leveled in open-ice hit

PHOTO: Pacquiao has message for Mayweather with t-shirt?

Nuggets break team huddle with countdown to end of season

WATCH: James Harden kicks LeBron in the groin

Jim Harbaugh tells Madonna he respects her toughness

Are the Oakland Raiders finally trending up?

Durant blasts Instagram hater for Westbrook comment

Three potential big signings the Steelers could make

Kevin Garnett buys 1,000 tickets for Timberwolves fans

Michigan fan has incredible Charles Woodson tattoo

WATCH: NIU C brings down basket on dunk

McCown plans to embrace mentoring role with Manziel

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

MLS 2015 season preview

Report: Broncos to franchise Demaryius

James Harden kicks LeBron in groin

Lynch: 'I was expecting the ball'

Report: Rangers get Yandle from Coyotes

Harbaugh respects Madonna's grit

Twins to limit game day cell phone use

Kevin Durant blasts hater on Instagram

KG buys 1,000 tickets for T-Wolves fans

Markieff Morris calls out Suns fans

Cowboys letting Murray test market?

Brock Lesnar attends UFC 184

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.