Henderson still grumpy

April 04, 2000|By NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

NEW YORK -- If you thought winning the home opener in dramatic fashion might boost Rickey Henderson's level of happiness, think again.

Derek Bell's tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning of yesterday's 2-1 win over the San Diego Padres did little to raise the spirits or interest level of the New York Mets' contractually challenged leadoff man.

"I just ain't into it right now, that's all," Henderson said.

"We won the ballgame, but right now I don't know how I feel about it. I'm just not in it. My mind ain't in it. That's about it."

"What's new?" one Met said. "Rickey is Rickey."

And apparently, Rickey still is not happy.

Henderson waved off reporters after a meeting Sunday with GM Steve Phillips, who reiterated the organization's stance that it has no plans to extend or renegotiate Henderson's $2 million contract for this season.

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