Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Yeah, that's about right
I thought this was amusing.
Sean Casey was inducted into the Reds' Hall of Fame last weekend. Casey, as you know, was a gregarious first baseman who played for several teams, but mainly for the Reds. He spent his first season of professional baseball in Watertown, N.Y., which is where I call home. I've interviewed him in the past, and he was chipper-gee-golly-whiz each and every time.
But I liked him even more after hearing this anecdote.
Casey was known as "The Mayor" because of the way he chatted up everyone during games. He loved to talk to base runners when they reached first.
Well, here's his story of meeting Rickey Henderson for the first time, relayed on Saturday at the big ceremony:
"My rookie year, I was like three weeks up, I was so excited to be here," Casey said. "Rickey Henderson singled to left or something, and he's at first base. I'm so excited, 23-year-old, wide-eyed. I'm like, 'Hey man, great job, good swing. I've got your baseball card, 1980 Topps.' He kind of looked at me like, 'Shut up, I don't even know who you are.'"
Yeah, Sean, don't worry about it.
Us collectors get that reaction all the time. Sometimes from people right in our own family.
Just keep on smiling. We know you're cool.
Hope you hung on to that Henderson rookie.