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Rickey Henderson day

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. 

The lineups:

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.

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  • vincent r johnson

    rickey henderson is awesome,and deserves to be in cooperstown. great idea to retire his number 24.

  • Bob

    Holiday hit 2 home runs today. Cardinals got a steal from the A’s.

    Beane should have got much much more for that player. And more for Cabrera too.

  • Bob

    Looking at a called third strike with the tying run on 3rd to end the game – NICE!

  • Liz

    My family and I are very proud of Rickey Henderson. Many years ago when he just started with the A’s his cousin lived across the street from my late grandparents. Unknowningly my grandmother took some homemade tamales to share with her neighbor who later told my her that her young cousin truly enoyed the tamales. So my grandmother prepared more and gave them to her neighbor. Unknowing, a young man came to her door to thank her and my grandfather. My grandather was surprised to notice that it none other than Rickey Henderson who took the time to come by and just say thank you. My grandparents always remembered that day on how this young man took the time from his own busy schedule to just stop by to say “thank you.”
    So thank you Rickey for the making it a difference.

  • Marc

    Bob, while I share your frustration, I haven’t always agreed with all your points. This one, however, is a match. Swing the bleeping bat!

  • http://contractyear.mlblogs.com Bee Hylinski

    I felt so lucky to be present when Rickey’s number 24 was retired. It completed my Rickey week, as I had just returned from attending his Hall of Fame induction. Saturday nights ceremony was a perfect bookend to my experiences with Rickey.

    I was also sitting just off third base when he stole #939, as well as many other Rickey events: leadoff homers, snatch catches, causing havoc on the base paths, etc. I remember being in the stands the first game he played after he came back from the Yankees. The crowd gave him a standing O for our hometown kid who had made it big in the majors and was once again home.

    Saturday night was perfect, and so uncharacteristic for the pinch-penny A’s–they pulled out all the stops to honor our hero. The electricity was palpable in the stands. We were one big happy family cheering for one of our own. It was awesome!

    As for Bob’s comment about Sweeney not swinging on the 3rd strike that ended the game, I couldn’t agree more. He watched two strikes go by with his bat on his shoulder. I thought: okay, now he has to swing. But he didn’t. I hope Geren or Jim Skaalen gave him a talking to. Even if the pitch was a ball, he had to swing. It’s a no brainer.

    This isn’t the first time that Sweeney looked like he wasn’t concentrating on the game. We all remember when he didn’t hustle down to first on a fly ball. That got him a tongue lashing and a stint riding the pine for a couple of days. I don’t know if there were any consequences for not swinging, but there should have been.