Hall of Famer and former Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Rickey Henderson has never lacked confidence and would routinely go out of his way to tell the world how great he is, however, it appears the boastful stolen base king is attempting to take credit for Joe Carter’s infamous World Series walk-off home run in 1993.
MLB.com along with New Era released a video about the walk-off home run and who was on second base when Mitch Williams served up a round tripper to Joe Carter to crown the Toronto Blue Jays back-to-back World Champion.
During the clip, Rickey Henderson recounts the moments before the dramatic home run after he led off the inning with a four-pitch walk. Once on second base, Henderson was able to distract “Wild Thing” Mitch Williams enough that the hurler served up a slider on a platter for Carter to smash over the left-field wall.
Here is what Henderson had to say about his role in the biggest home run in Blue Jays franchise history.
"“So I was on first base and then I got to second base, Mitch was made aware about me, he’s stealing third base to get into scoring position.So he ends up side-stepping and trying to throw a slider, but he hung the slider.It’s all me, I think it was all me. Mitch said it was all me. If it wasn’t for you, Joe would have never hit that ball.”"
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I have no doubt that Henderson distracted Williams as he was the most feared base stealer to ever lace up a pair of baseball spikes, however, to say that “It was all me” is a stretch and then some. Regardless of the distraction, Carter still had to square up the ball and hit the home run.
I guess Henderson is feeling guilty for only hitting .173 with 3 stolen bases during the postseason in 1993 for the Blue Jays after they acquired him at the trade deadline for the stretch drive. Just ride off into the sunset for once gracefully, Rickey.
In typical Rickey Henderson fashion, it’s Rickey being Rickey.