August 1, 2009 will be special for many Oakland Athletics fans. Rickey Henderson, baseball’s greatest lead-off man, retired his jersey number 24 forever in Oakland. I won’t go into too much details into his stats since it has been mentioned so much on the Internet, so I’ll let this site do it for me. Oakland is so proud to have a home-grown kid as talented as Rickey, which is why they dedicated the month of August 2009 to be Rickey Henderson month.
They laid out a long red carpet all the way from the center field wall to second base, where he met many of his former teammates. What I didn’t realize initially until Rickey lifted the base from its place was that it was plated in gold:
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At the end of his speech, Rickey asked the crowd to chant Run, Rickey, Run one last time. The crowd roared & Coliseum was filled with a unison chant. The experience was magical.