Reggie Jackson, a shirttail cousin of the embattled juicer Barry Bonds, give us his opinion on baseball 'roiders introduced into the Cooperstown Hall of Fame.
There is plenty of wiggle room in Jackson's statement of make excuses for Cousin Barry. However, it must gall the veterans to see the steroid-enhanced stats put up by the McGwires and Bonds of the recent baseball past. To Bloomberg:
"It bothers me," Jackson, 63, said in an interview with Bloomberg Television. "A lot of Hall of Famers are very offended by this. I am starting to get affected and I am hoping that those guys that get caught don't get into the Hall of Fame." Jackson, who played for the New York Yankees from 1977 to 1981 and now serves as a special adviser to the team, also said he misses the old Yankee Stadium. The Yankees moved from the ballpark that was home to 26 World Series championship teams, including two of his own, to their new venue across the street.
"I never really saw the new stadium when they were building it," Jackson said. "I hung out at the old one. I had a difficult time leaving it. The last day I went out with a couple of friends and we walked around the stadium and I sat in the center field block with the fans and others and got a little teary-eyed."
Jackson, known as Mr. October after making history at the stadium as the only Major League Baseball player to hit three home runs in a World Series game, said he bought his old locker and the Yankee Stadium sign that was on top of the ballpark.
Interesting that Jackson has reversed his stance on 'roids to a degree...to the degree that he supported Cousin Barry in the past.