Random thoughts on Dave Henderson

As with so many instances in so many sports and games, I remember watching Game 5 of the 1986 ALCS and having mixed emotions. As an Angels fan, I was ecstatic about Bobby Grich‘s homer, but at the same moment felt awful that Dave Henderson‘s glove helped the ball leave the park.

But then Henderson’s ninth-inning, storybook homer off Donnie Moore erased both the ecstasy and the sympathy.

Of course, I felt relieved for Henderson having erased his gaffe but then felt even worse for Moore, who never recovered from his.

Over time, I’ve been able to let these things go more quickly, though the world-collision of Armando Galarraga and Jim Joyce still lingers.

I grew to like Henderson from that point, and he was a favorite of mine on those late ’80s, early ’90s Oakland teams. I have no recollection of him finishing his career with the Royals. Chances are I’m not alone.

Check out Christina Karl’s excellent piece about Henderson on ESPN.com last week.

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Mike McClary

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