Dalton Daily CItizen, Catoosa Life Magazine
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Catoosa Life Magazine / JUNE / JULY 2016 13 Dispose of all unused prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs at the drop boxes located at the Catoosa County Sheriff's Office or the Rossville Police Department. 054000209927 to put college before a chance to play professionally, he said each situation is different. "I thought for me, I had never really been away from home. I think it was the right choice for me to get into a college situa- tion," he said. He said attending school where he did meant he was close enough to come home many weekends but far enough away to learn to live on his own and have time to mature. "I saw a lot of kids that were signed right out of high school and got away for the first time, and all of a sudden this is their job," he said. "When something becomes a job to you, you sometimes lose the enthusiasm for it." Honeycutt added that he was not a high draft pick, "so the money part wasn't a big decision to where it was something that was going to change my life." Major League career As he climbed his way up to the majors, Wayne and Rena were able to use their vacation time to attend games. After being traded to the Texas Rangers, he posted the lowest ERA in all of baseball. At one point, it looked as though he might be traded to the Atlanta Braves, but Rick ended up with the Dodgers. He also made stops in Oakland, where he played in three World Series, and later to St. Louis in a trade that also included Mark McGuire. At various times, he played with the Mariners, Rangers, Dodgers, Athletics, Yankees and the Cardinals. After retiring in 1997, and taking a few years' off, the Dodgers called with an offer to become a minor league pitching coach. Rick accepted and again worked his way back up to the majors. All this time — to Little League games, high school events, college athletics and minor and major league games — Wayne and Rena have traveled frequently to see him play and coach. About three years ago, they opted to begin watching the games only from the comfort of their own home due to health issues. They still stay up late into the night to watch the outcome of West Coast games. According to the Dodgers' website, since Honeycutt joined as their pitching coach in 2006, Los Angeles pitchers rank first in the majors in several areas, including ERA (3.65), strikeouts (12,605) and strikeouts to base on balls ratio (2.55). As a player, Honeycutt pitched 21 seasons in the major leagues and was seven times on teams that reached the postseason. In 1989, he was on the Oakland team that won the World Series. He is a two-time All-Star, and has been induct- ed into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. He has one sister, Cheryl Alsbrook. He and Debbie have two grown children, Holli and Ricky, and five grandchildren. They live on a 100-acre ranch in Ringgold. They celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary on June 1.