Back in 1999, when he was with the Mets, Rickey Henderson wondered why reporters were rushing around the Shea clubhouse. A teammate informed him that hitting coach Tom Robson had been canned. Rickey’s response: “Who’s he?” Mets fans, meet your new hitting coach.
It’s good to have him back. Our guess: He’ll be starting in left by August.
Update: Overheard at the Shea batting cage this morning:
Jose: So, Rickey, can you help me with my swing?
Rickey: Hey man don’t disturb Rickey when he’s resting.
Jose: Can’t you help me with my stroke?
Rickey: Rickey’s busy.
Jose: You’re just sitting there in a lawn chair.
Rickey: I’m busy resting.
Jose: Come on. You’re the hitting coach.
Rickey: Yeah, Rickey is the hitting coach. Who the heck are you?
Jose: Jose Reyes.
Jose: The shortstop.
Jose: Of the Mets.
Rickey: Alright. Show Rickey what you can do.
[Jose turns on the pitching machine, takes a few swings]
Jose: Okay. Thoughts.
Rickey: Rickey’s right-handed. Try that.
Jose: Huh? I’m a lefty.
Rickey: Rickey’s hits right.
Jose: Um, alright.
[Jose switches sides, nubs a few]
Rickey: No, man. Let Rickey show you.
[Rickey takes bat, hits a few]
Jose: Okay. I think I see.
Rickey: Don’t disturb Rickey when he’s batting.
[Ten minutes later]
Jose: Um, can I hit?
Rickey: Rickey’s hitting. I told you don’t disturb Rickey when he’s batting.
[ten minutes later]
Jose: [leaving] Maybe you can help with my baserunning later….
Rickey: Who are you?
[PS: Yeah, I know Reyes is a switch. Whatever. Roll with it. Substitute Delgado if you’re a sticker for accuracy]