Jack Curry notes that, before Manny was Manny, Rickey was Rickey:
Before Manny was Manny, Rickey was Rickey. If ever there were two players who were kindred spirits, they are Manny Ramirez and Rickey Henderson. Henderson was talented and distinctive, a walking, talking baseball entertainer. Ramirez does not talk as much, but he entertains in his own goofy way, too . . .
. . . When Mattingly was Ramirez’s coach last season, he saw some of the traits he used to see in Henderson. Ramirez has the same type of plate discipline, work ethic and confidence. In addition, Mattingly said Henderson and Ramirez are both much more intelligent players than they are perceived to be.
Henderson played left field while Ramirez plays left field. Henderson won two World Series rings. So has Ramirez. Henderson sometimes aggravated managers. Ramirez annoyed an entire organization. Henderson had his head first slide and his signature snatch-catch. Ramirez treats home runs like New Year’s Eve.
Biggest difference: I don’t recall Henderson ever quitting on his team like Manny did last season. And no, I don’t consider a game of hearts after one is out of the game to be quitting on one’s team.