Hard to say good-bye

Originally Published: May 26, 2005
By Rob Neyer | ESPN Insider
I suppose there are people who think it's inappropriate for a player such as Rickey Henderson to ply his trade with a team called … the Surf Dawgs. The Atlantic League was one thing, but the Golden Baseball League?

Inappropriate? Some might say it's downright unseemly. How dare Rickey Henderson sully our memories of the greatest leadoff man in baseball's long, rich history?

Except, it's his career and not ours. Except, Henderson's chosen career is professional baseball. Except, there was a time when players of Henderson's stature routinely found nothing extraordinary about finishing their professional careers in the minor leagues.


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