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Mr. October: “Disappointed” with A-Rod

Posted By Peter Abraham On February 25, 2009 @ 4:37 pm In Misc | 501 Comments

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Reggie Jackson hit 563 home runs, good for 11th place in history. Alex Rodriguez is right behind him with 553.

“He’ll go by me like I’m standing still. It’s a shame, one of the all-time greats,” Jackson said with a laugh today.

But Jackson doesn’t like the idea of so many tainted players having passed him. He pointed out that he was sixth all-time when he entered the Hall of Fame in 1993.

“The game was 140 years old,” he said. “Now I’m 11th.”

His reaction to A-Rod having used steroids?

“The best answer I can give you is that I was disappointed. I was very lucky to have been a good player. When I started playing I was a fan. When I played I was a fan and when I left the game I am a fan of Derek Jeter, of Alex Rodriguez, of CC Sabathia. I like to be at games, I like to watch the games. … I get affected as a fan. You get saddened.

“I get angry sometimes. I’ve been reprimanded by the commissioner and the president of our team. I’ve pleaded with them to understand that I’m personally affected; I’m personally involved. I’m hurt; I’m bewildered. I don’t know that we ever get past it.”

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