In an interview with PeteAbe today, Reggie Jackson admitted that he was disappointed to find out that Alex Rodriguez juiced during his career.
“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.
Jackson also said this:
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.”
He has a point. People like Willie Mays, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams, and Hank Aaron — the all-time greats are now “average” in terms of statistics — but in our eyes and hearts, they will not be average, they are immortal.