Taking Strikes Just to Watch Rickey Run (Good Piece)

There was no better position from which to appreciate the wonder that was Rickey Henderson than the No. 2 hole in the batting order, which was occupied with the Yankees in the mid-to-late-1980s by a pretty fair table setter himself, Willie Randolph.

“Don’t get me wrong, I saw a lot of fastballs,” Randolph said in reference to the four seasons he hit behind Henderson in a potent Yankees lineup that also featured Don Mattingly and Dave Winfield. But it is a matter of pure baseball logic that Randolph took his share of pitches, allowing Henderson to steal his base and putting the pitcher in a jam with “and the home of the brave” still ringing in his ears.