posted on Jun, 4 2016 @ 12:27 AM
In 1989, at age 11, I sent a letter to my favorite baseball player, Will Clark. He was at the height of his fame and I didn't really expect a reply. I
was quite surprised a couple months later when I recieved a personal letter from Will the Thrill, along with an autographed photo. I was on cloud 9
and felt I had a personal relationship with Will. To this day, still my all time favorite player.
Slightly off topic but back in the late 90's one evening, my long time buddy and I were hanging out at the boat launch of our local resorvoir. We
were fishing, drinking a few beers and unwinding after a long week of pounding nails. A beat up Ford truck backed a small aluminum boat into the
water. The passenger who hopped out (colt 45 beer in hand) immediately drew my attention. The man didn't look like the typical fishermen we were used
to seeing. He approached us in a friendly manor, asking if we'd had any luck. My friend, an expert fisherman, got into a long conversation with him
The whole time, I'm staring at this man dumbstruck. He was extremely athletic and looked chiseled from stone. I swear he damn near had a glow or aura
around him. I knew he was somebody special but i couldnt put my finger on it.
The man mentioned how lucky we were to live in such a beautiful area and asked us about our lives as though he were genuinely interested and
entertained. After his partner got their humble boat in the water, he thanked my friend for the fishing tips, shook our hands and said," I'm Ricky,
nice chatting with you guys." As we bid them farewell, something clicked and I asked, "are you Ricky Henderson, MLB ledgend? He grinned and said " no,
I'm Ricky Henderson, a guy who likes to fish." I started stuttering some nonsense about how amazing it was to meet such a famous ballplayer. He just
kinda chuckled and told us if he had a successful fishing trip, we'd probably see him there again someday. He raised his beer and said "here's to the
good life, now it's time to catch some catfish! See ya around fellas!"
I couldn't get over what a real, down to earth, regular guy he was. Extremely friendly and humble, which was surprising, considering his cocky
playing style. Class act all the way and one of the greatest MLB players ever.