Yankees legend Reggie Jackson needs pinstripes revoked after latest Astros tweets
The 1970’s New York Yankees – George Steinbrenner’s Yankees when the owners were OWNERS – made Reggie Jackson the free agent face of the organization… and THIS is how he repays them?!
To be fair to Reggie, being the face of the 1970s Yankees came at a price. He was often despised. His propensity for strikes earned him Richter-im-Oktober-esque boos during troubled times… until he became Mr. October in 1977 and 1978.
He attempted to wrest the captaincy from Thurman Munson, calling himself “the straw that stirs the drink” while claiming the Yankees catcher “was bad at stirring it” (something Reggie now denies). That wasn’t a good thing when Jackson had intentions of being popular. He also often clashed with manager Billy Martin, a deeply ill man who was likely the catalyst for most of these clashes.
Jackson’s Yankees deserve a fresh-eyed reappraisal, though the Munson power struggle is still pretty much unforgivable. That means he probably won’t get one — or at least the eyes won’t be as fresh.
In recent seasons, Jackson has fully embraced his role in the Houston Astros’ front office and resigned from the Yankees’ organization at exactly the wrong time. Who knows when the rift started, or if Jackson just wanted to go his own way, but he’s now a Jose Altuve-Jersey-rocking drummer (or is that a rubber trash can?) for the Yankees’ main rival.
When Jackson hosted a celebrity charity golf tournament in Florida this week, he took extra care to shout out ALL of his beloved Astros who were in attendance.
Astros, Astros, Astros. Astros! astro!!!
Only problem: Derek Jeter was there too!!
Mr October…that’s a big deal! Jeter doesn’t just do that any golf tournament He’s not Charles Barkley. He did it for you! Why do you have to be silent?
Specifically, how do we know that Jeter was at Jackson’s golf tournament? Because some members of the Houston media caught up with him, and also because of Jackson shouted Jeremy Peña for his participationpictured above golfing with Jeter!
This is just… very annoying! What did the Yankees do to you, Reggie? Aside from getting invited to the playoff games every year for first place opportunities?
“I am pleased to welcome someone named Aaron to my charity event. I want to say… Jugge? Anyway, CHAS MCCORMICK IS HERE!!!”
Wearing the Altuve jersey is one thing. Some of us wear jerseys. Sometimes our employers force us to do things we don’t want to do. It’s also understandable to celebrate the Astros who competed in your tournament.
But reciting Peña’s postseason recap, which is a year long while he’s oddly silent on THE CAPTAIN, is a bridge and a half too far. I hope you have room in your house for your Monument Park plaque, Reggie, because it doesn’t have to be in the Bronx anymore.
Seriously, No. 44 was and always will be a great Yankee. But that snub deserves an explanation, and it’s getting harder and harder to watch the 1978 World Series without seeing a Jose Altuve supporter walk into the yard.