(NEW YORK, NY) -- Rickey Henderson continued to amaze yesterday, as the newest addition to the Mets coaching staff became the first first-base coach to steal a base during a ballgame.
Following a Jose Reyes single in the 1st inning, Henderson was seen excitably counseling his young protégé at first, getting directly behind Reyes, placing his hands on his hips and showing him the proper stance when taking a lead. Henderson even let the first baseman in on the conversation, emphatically pointing to Reyes' chest and then signaling towards second base, as if to tell him exactly of his plans.
As the crowd picked up on the events taking place, Shea began to buzz and Henderson, likely inspired by the moment, was off in a blink on an 0-1 pitch, dashing towards second while a confused Reyes was picked off. After the tag was applied to Reyes who was a good three feet off of first, a throw to second was way late as Henderson easily slid in safely.
Always the showman, Rickey bounced up, brushed off his shirt and raised his hands in the air victoriously to a stunned yet satisfied 50,000 at Shea Stadium.