A's pay tribute to Rickey with bobblehead

A's pay tribute to Rickey with bobblehead

OAKLAND -- While 20,000 Rickey Henderson bobbleheads roamed around the Coliseum on Saturday afternoon, the real-life version of baseball's speedy Hall of Famer sat in the A's dugout and was all smiles on his day of honor.

"It's great," Henderson said. "It goes to show you the great fans that follow you, the ones that have been around since back in my playing days, and I appreciate their support."

The game's all-time stolen base leader, who has served as a Spring Training special instructor for the A's over the last two seasons, also threw out the first pitch Saturday. A perfect toss down the middle of the plate to Coco Crisp showcased a dose of Henderson's remaining abilities.

"The years, the amount of time he did this for, it's amazing," A's manager Bob Geren said. "He still looks like he could play. It's a great day here to celebrate Rickey -- everyone can get their bobblehead of a Hall of Famer.

"I always feel like I could go out there and put a uniform on and play," Henderson said. "Sometimes when I'm sitting around and looking at the game and things aren't going right, I say, 'Let me just put on a uniform and go out there and take a chance at it.' I think it's just because I love the game so much.