“Duke didn't have to do that,” Mike Hensley, Ty's father, said. “T.Y. remembered that and always said he wanted to relate and work hard to be able to relate to all the kids on the team no matter their abilities.
“It was something he was very conscientious about.”
While Mike gets plenty of credit for Ty's development — he was a high school star at Latta and played at Oklahoma before being drafted by St. Louis in the second round in 1988 — his mother also had a lot to do with the person he's become.
It was Marci Hensley that encouraged her son to volunteer at The Children's Center after her company did work there. Hensley also said much of his personality comes from his mother.
“She's an incredible, incredible woman,” Ty said. “She's stronger than a lot of guys are. She's always been there for me, even when I'm struggling. She's not real emotional, but she's someone that I can always lean on.”
Hensley faces a July 13 deadline to either sign with the Yankees or head to college.
He doesn't expect it to go down to the wire.
“I expect the decision to be made really quickly,” Hensley said.
While many first-round draft picks use college as a leverage tool to get the biggest contract available, Hensley seems genuinely excited about the possibility of playing baseball and studying at Ole Miss, should he not reach an agreement to sign.
“If that's what happens, he'll go to Ole Miss and be happy with that,” Marci said the night her son was drafted. “It's not something he's going to be disappointed with.”