Last weekend, Hall of Famer and all around confrontational jerk, Reggie Jackson got into a verbal and then physical altercation with memorabilia monsters. A video shows the former slugger politely saying, “Pardon me, but I’d like some privacy” in the form of many annoyed F bombs.
This video, like many videos that are supposed to draw an immediate opinionated reaction or you’re a heartless communist, did not show what happened in the beginning to spawn the incident. I’d like to give Mr. October a non judgmental pass, but my personal experience with him doesn’t allow it.
The year was 2007. Minimum wage increased to $5.85, Peyton Manning won his 1st Super Bowl, and a crumbling George Steinbrenner relinquished control of the New York Yankees to his two sons.
My friend Scott and I decided that a spring training trip should be in order. Not being able to find an adequate place to stay, I sold him on the idea of staying at Grams Place, a shitty hostel in Tampa, FL. Yes, I’m a great salesman.
Anyways, before a game we went to watch the team work out as did many fans. There were regulars like Derek Jeter, coming out retirement family haters like Andy Pettitte, and of course, legends like Reggie Jackson.
As Jackson strolled by to go do whatever it is he did, I wanted to get his attention by saying something funny, not ordinary, and also not offensive. So, I thought of the only thing that was comparable to his baseball accomplishments…his thespian role as himself in Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad. You have to be able to laugh at yourself if you portray a possessed “you” brainwashed to kill the Queen of England. It’s not exactly Schindler’s List.
Moments before he glared at me inner being.
So, I yelled out to Jackson, “Hey Reggie, we loved you in Naked Gun!”
This douchebag shot me a look as if I had just burnt down his house, made him watch, then pissed on the ashes. This glare lasted a good 4 or 5 seconds mind you and it was so noticeable that others said to me, “I don’t think he liked that too much”.
In review, this guy agreed to receive money to play this role in a movie where Leslie Nielsen is an undercover umpire, a baseball player is attacked by a tiger, and Ricardo Montalban falls four stories, is run over by a steam roller, and the USC marching band, but apparently I’m out of line for mentioning I enjoyed HIS role!
Reginald Martinez Jackson, you’re an asshole.
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