I'd like to congratulate Rickey Henderson on his election to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Many Braves fans get sore at the mention of the Hall because one of the Braves greats, Dale Murphy, has been repeatedly denied entry. The pros and cons for Murphy's induction are argued about every year with little change in the voting in his favor. As for Henderson, there isn't much doubt that he deserved to be in there.
Back in March of 2007, I traveled down to Florida for Spring Training, taking in not only Braves games but other teams in other stadiums. I was lucky enough to have press access to some of these stadiums, including the Mets facility in Port St. Lucie. It was there on the dugout bench during batting practice that I saw Rickey Henderson sitting and talking to a reporter. I got up the courage and sat next to the reporter and waited my turn to talk to the stolen base king.
It's still one of those pinch-me moments, but on that spring day in Florida, I did one of the best interviews I have ever done, and had one of the most candid conversations with a ball player that I've ever had -- and it was future Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson.
I figured this was a perfect time to share that interview once again. Click here to read the interview over at Baseball Digest Daily. Enjoy.