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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
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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