A special night here at the Coliseum as the A’s get ready to honor Rickey Henderson, whom GM Billy Beane called the greatest player in Oakland franchise history. A near-sellout crowd has gathered to pay tribute to the recent Hall of Fame inductee.
Henderson’s No. 24 will be retired and the plan is to eventually have his name and number on the top level of the outfield bleachers, commonly known as “Mt. Davis” alongside Reggie Jackson, Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers and Catfish Hunter. Several former A’s greats are here, including Dave Stewart, Bob Welch and Tony Phillips.
Henderson walked from center field to second base, where he grabbed the bag and lifted it high above his head to a huge round of applause. Our own Dave Newhouse is giving a speech on the field right now, honoring the hometown hero.
Not a ton of news about the team today. Scott Hairston is back in the lineup tonight, hitting fourth, after missing the last four games with tightness in his left quad. Bobby Crosby is playing first and hitting seventh and Tommy Everidge is the DH and batting sixth.
A’s — Kennedy 3B, Davis CF, Suzuki C, Hairston LF, Cust RF, Everidge DH, Crosby 1B, Ellis 2B, Pennington SS, Cahill P
Jays — Scutaro SS, Hill 2B, Lind DH, Overbay 1B, Wells CF, Rios RF, Encarnacion 3B, Chavez C, Inglett LF, Cecil P.