The Rice most people know is the one who hits a home run and coolly trots around the bases, hardly acknowledging the cheers. Houk knows a different Rice. "He gets excited, all right," says the manager. "The one way you can tell is by shaking his hand after a big home run. You really have to be careful he doesn't break your fingers. All his emotion, all his excitement is in that handshake."
And no matter how far he hits the home run, Rice will invariably tell his teammates, "I didn't get all of it."
Until the walls come tumbling down. Rice will never get all of it. Most of it. But not all of it.