"Rickey was the greatest, most complete player I ever saw play," said Sandy Alderson, now the Padres' chief executive, and a vice president of the A's when Henderson was there in the late 1980s and early '90s. "He was always on base, had power, played excellent defense and, of course, could run like no one else. He could sear any game into permanent memory. Perhaps most importantly, he was always fun to watch."
I'm glad that Alderson finds "fun to watch" important like I do. If you're keeping score at home, that's two great baseball minds that agree. "Fun to watch" is a characteristic that most scouts probably don't look for, but should.
Here's my idea, maybe they should teach young players in the minor leagues how to do back flips and basket catches. This is entertainment after all, send them to clown college for a week, they'll be making balloon animals on the base paths in no time.
Somebody make up some statistics to track the fun factor so that everybody else will think it's important.