One good thing has come from all of this Roger Clemens hoo-haw; noting that he is only four years older than The Rocket — and a year younger than Julio Franco — Rickey Henderson says that he is considering coming out of retirement. Henderson, now a special instructor for the Mets, last played baseball in 2005, for the San Diego Surf Dawgs of the Independent Golden League. He last played in the majors in 2003.
"I'm going to look at it at the end of the year. I might come out with some crazy stuff, a press conference telling every club, 'Put me on the field with your best player and see if I come out of it.' If I can't do it, I'll call it quits at the end," Henderson said.
But Henderson's Thunderdome approach to a possible comeback is not the most surprising aspect of this story. It's this:
For now, Henderson is keeping busy and fit by maintaining the 455 acres he owns near California's Yosemite National Park. He hasn't hit the gym for a while, but he drives a tractor, rides horses and raises cows — and insists he will win a trophy in competitive fishing one day.
Hear that, Versus? How often does an idea for an outdoors series like this just fall into your lap? Rickey as boss on a trail drive, or Rickey on the river bank wrestling a black bear for a trout. That's a show we'd watch.