The Three Words Rickey Henderson Spoke Prior To Stealing His Next Base

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“Rickey’s gotta go!”

With those three words, MLB Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson was off and running again, adding to his total for the most stolen bases in the game’s history.

How good was Henderson at getting on base and then stealing another one? Well, he had a .401 career on-base-percentage, 1,406 stolen bases, and a 25-year career that made him one of the most dangerous leadoff hitters in baseball history.

One fellow Hall of Famer who isn’t shy about sharing stories about the outspoken Henderson is former Minnesota Twin and California Angel Rod Carew.

Carew and Henderson had plenty of time to chat while Henderson stood on first base, looking to steal second. That’s why Carew knows all too well what Henderson would say when he got to a base and was ready to go to the next one – “Rickey’s gotta go.”

The two played in the same division, which is part of the reason the pair of Hall of Famers spent so much time together, cracking jokes and enjoying the game as it was meant to be enjoyed.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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