Mighty Red Pen

December 13, 2009

A metaphysical conundrum

Filed under: Word wars,Wordsworthy — mighty red pen @ 1:04 pm

This little tidbit appeared in the Boston Globe “Brainiac” column. Sounds like Rickey Henderson could give Chuck (“Chuck Norris destroyed the periodic table, because he only recognizes the element of surprise”) Norris a run for his money:

The metaphysics of Rickey Henderson

The blog Benzene 4 notes that the following language appears on Rickey Henderson’s plaque at the Baseball Hall of Fame:

“Faster than a speeding bullet, scored more runs (2,295) and stole more bases (1,406) than any player in history, combined power, plate discipline, flair and an uncanny ability to electrify crowds.”

 Cliche aside (“speeding bullet”? really?), the blogger notes that the text doesn’t say Henderson was faster than any other player in history, but than any player, period. Which would include Rickey Henderson.

“You can think of that as an editing error if you like,” observes the blogger, “but I prefer to think of it as a metaphysical conundrum. If God is omnipotent, is He able to create a stone so heavy that He cannot lift it?”

 “How fast is Rickey? Rickey is so fast that he can steal more bases than Rickey. (And nobody steals more bases than Rickey.)”

Check out the actual plaque here.


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