Reggie Jackson is at it again. The former Yankees star and Hall of Famer who infamously got into trouble back in the 70’s for bashing teammate Thurman Munson in a magazine article has bashed current Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez in a recent Sports Illustrated piece.
Here is what Reggie said about A-Rod:
“I don’t think the fans really count (A-Rod and other PED-user’s homers), and I agree. I believe that Hank Aaron is the home run king, not Barry Bonds, as great a player as Bonds was.”
“Al’s a very good friend. But I think there are real questions about his numbers. As much as I like him, what he admitted about his usage does cloud some of his records.”
“If any of those guys get in, no Hall of Famer will attend.”
The Yankees, who could potentially owe A-Rod up to $30 million in historic bonus clauses for reaching homers 660, 714, 755, and 763, are paying a lot of money for the significance of those shots so they were understandably perturbed at Reggie’s remarks. This lead to some speculation that Reggie was banned from the Yankees. However, that does not appear to be the case.
“I’d rather get it out of the way because as far as I’m concerned, it’s not a big deal anymore,” Cashman told Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger. “If he’s not banned, there is no story.”
Apparently the Yankees merely asked him to skip the Red Sox series over the weekend as the situation obviously drew a lot of media attention and they were looking to lighten it a bit.
It is sort of funny because Alex Rodriguez is similar to Reggie in a lot of ways and even got into trouble of his own by sticking his foot in his mouth in a magazine piece about Derek Jeter back in the day. I guess what goes around comes around.