Sadly, Mr. October can no longer be Mr. March for the Yankees this year. Major League Baseball, still in a tizzy about the continuing ticklefest between the Yankees and Rays, has ordered Reggie Jackson to take off the Yankees pinstripes for the remainder of this season’s spring training games and fined Jackson the grand sum of $250.
(Make love not war, Reggie)
Jackson claims to have only been wearing his Yankees windbreaker and cap when he stepped onto the field for the latest fracas, clearly confusing the uniform violation for jogging out during a flight just to show the old man’s still part of the team. The best part of his ‘explanation’, though? Don Zimmer did it, so I can, too.
That’s right, Reggie; using the mean old coot that once charged Pedro Martinez like an enraged bull as a character reference for your actions is the best possible way to justify your actions. Or did you remember the severe damage he did to Martinez (cuticle tear?) and rush out to protect Phil Hughes while using your windbreaker as a cape?
It’s okay to take the rest of the games off, Reggie, and sit upstairs with Hank Steinbrenner. After all, you two have something in common: not knowing when to turn away from a microphone.