Bob Welch vs Reggie Jackson in 1978 World Series (Video)

It’s impossible to think of Bob Welch and not recall the late pitcher’s epic battle with Reggie Jackson in the 1978 World Series. This took place nearly 36 years ago, yet the drama and suspense of the at-bat still makes me nervous.

This was one of those classic power vs. power match-ups. Reggie Jackson, Mr. October, was facing a hard-throwing rookie with men on second and third and the Dodgers up 4-3 with two outs in the top of the 9th inning of the 1978 World Series.

Welch was bringing the heat, and Jackson was swinging with all his might, like usual.

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Reggie fouled off several pitches and brought it to a full count before Welch finally sat him down on a 3-2 fastball up in the zone on the ninth pitch of the at-bat to seal the victory.

That was intense.

Of course, later in Game 6, Reggie took Welch deep in the 7th inning to give the Yankees a 7-2 lead in the game. They won the series that night. Reggie pimped the ever-loving sh*t out of the home run like a boss.

That was Reggie’s fourth homer of the series and gave him 14 RBIs for the series. Mr. freaking October.

Derrick Rose puts Reggie Jackson on skates (Video)

Derrick Rose Reggie JacksonMan is it nice to have Derrick Rose and his blinding speed and amazing handles back in the league. In case you forgot how fast he is off the dribble, the former NBA MVP reminded us of how good he is during Wednesday’s preseason game between the Chicago Bulls and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Late in the second quarter, Rose crossed up Reggie Jackson twice, which caused the Thunder guard to slip, lose his footing, and lose track of the man he was guarding. This is even prettier on loop in GIF form as created by @cjzero:

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Reggie Jackson reportedly told to stay away from Yankees after controversial comments about Alex Rodriguez

Reggie Jackson’s mouth has reportedly gotten him into trouble, at least with the Yankees organization. Jackson was always known as one of the more outspoken players during his MLB career, and he recently decided to revisit his old ways with some very intriguing and controversial thoughts about steroid use in baseball. Included in the discussion was Alex Rodriguez, whom Jackson said he considers a “very good friend” but questioned his accomplishments because of his involvement with performance-enhancing drugs. This has not gone over well with the Yankees.

According to Buster Olney of ESPN the Magazine, the Yankees have asked Jackson, who works as a special adviser for the team, to stay away from team events indefinitely. He was not with the club for a four-game series in Boston over the weekend, and one source reportedly described the situation to ESPNNewYork.com as a “cooling off period, but not the death penalty.”

Jackson, who apologized to Rodriguez and the team on Friday, is expected to be back at some point. A-Rod said that he spoke to Reggie on the phone but that he plans to keep that conversation “very private.” Jackson said some unfair things about current Hall of Famers during his interview, but his comments about A-Rod were pretty reasonable. In the eyes of most people, Rodriguez’s accomplishments are tainted since he admitted he has used steroids. Jackson’s mistake was not filtering himself as a Yankees employee.

Reggie Jackson: Hall of Fame has let in too many undeserving members

Reggie Jackson was always known as one of the more outspoken baseball players during his career, and little has changed since he retired. “Mr. October” was the self-proclaimed “straw that stirs the drink,” and he’s still unafraid to speak the truth.

In an excellent interview for Sports Illustrated’s “Where Are They Now?” edition, Jackson opens up on many topics. Some of his strongest thoughts are about the Baseball Hall of Fame, which he thinks has become too lenient with its standards for admitting members.

“I didn’t see Kirby Puckett as a Hall of Famer,” Jackson told Phil Taylor. “I didn’t see Gary Carter as a Hall of Famer. I didn’t see Don Sutton as a Hall of Famer. I didn’t see Phil Niekro as a Hall of Famer. As much as I like Jim Rice, I’m not so sure he’s a Hall of Famer.” What about Bert Blyleven? “No. No, no, no, no,” Jackson says. “Blyleven wasn’t even the dominant pitcher of his era — it was Jack Morris.”

He also is unhappy about what took place during the Steroid Era of baseball and says no Hall of Famers will attend if a known user is let in to Cooperstown. He’s not the only Hall of Famer who has said that.

Jackson says he plans to bring up the subject of undeserving members at the next members-only meeting in Cooperstown, and it doesn’t faze him that some of the people he believes are undeserving will be in the room.

Of all the players he mentioned, only Kirby Puckett was voted into the Hall of Fame quickly after playing his last game (Puckett’s career was cut short because he had a loss of vision). Others like Blyleven and Rice were notorious for being borderline candidates who were turned down for several years before finally being admitted.

There are many people in the baseball community who probably agree with Jackson’s opinion about Hall of Fame membership, but there are few who would be so outspoken about it. It’s that type of boldness that made him so calm in the face of pressure, and that attitude helped him become one of the best postseason hitters in history.

Mr. October Reggie Jackson thinks LeBron’s issues are in his head

When you think of the most clutch athletes of all-time, Reggie Jackson should come to mind. I mean, he is Mr. October. Stop me if this starts to sound familiar: Five World Series rings, two-time World Series MVP, three home runs in that famous Game 6 of the ’77 Series. Just legendary stuff.

So when Jackson was a guest on WFTL in Miami this week, it only made sense to ask one of the most clutch athletes ever to critique Miami’s infamously not clutch athlete, LeBron James.

“LeBron needs to get after it with all the skills and size that he’s got,” Jackson said. “He’s got every skill, every ability you can ask for. If you’re going to make up somebody to be a great player — he’s bigger than Jordan, he’s bigger than Wade, he’s bigger than Kobe, he’s bigger than the great players. Unstoppable. And I’ve seen him unstoppable.

“So when I see him have poor efforts when it counts I’m shocked. It’s all in his head. He can do anything he wants. This guy makes threes from half-court. He can drive on anybody, he can get a rebound when he wants. He truly is a special athlete, and anytime he has a poor effort, as he has in the postseason, it’s just because there is something in his head that is not working right. He’s not believing in himself enough.”

Jackson also said that LeBron can’t let being afraid to fail affect him adversely. Jackson admits to fearing failure and believes other greats such as Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Joe Montana and Bill Russell similarly had to overcome those mental blocks.

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Reggie Jackson on Jets Trash Talk: Shut Up and Play Football

The New York Jets talk more trash than arguably any football team in history. That’s their style. Whether it works or not remains to be seen, but it certainly annoys plenty of people. I’m sure it bothers their opponents, but we don’t really have a large enough sample size to determine if that helps or hurts the Jets on Sundays.

One thing is for sure — at least one New York Yankee legend has had enough it. Reggie Jackson has never been afraid to speak his mind, as we’ve shown you in the past, but he was speaking for a lot of people when he ripped the Jets Thursday on 1050 ESPN Radio.

What are you talking about? What are you doing? Shut up, play football,” Jackson told 1050 ESPN Radio. “What are you talking about [Patriots coach] Bill Belichick and these people for? Spend your time looking at film, spend your time knocking down a pass. What are you doing? You’re not affecting Brady; you’re wasting time.”

“Go look at the hardware, dude. Walk through the lobby up there and look at the stuff that’s there,” Jackson said. “You don’t have that, you don’t have anything close to that. You might want to shut up, you might learn something. Read, you might figure something out. Watch film, you might get educated. If not, you have a chance to get embarrassed on Sunday. I hope you don’t, because I like the Jets.”

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Where Stats Lie: A-Rod/Reggie Jackson Playoff Comparison

There’s this ridiculous stat comparison circulating which pits A-Rod’s numbers against Reggie Jackson for the playoffs. Here are the raw numbers brought to us by Jockbeat through each player’s first 42 postseason games:

    Player A: 42 games, 151 at-bats, 40 hits, 7 homers, 19 rbi, .265 batting
    Player B: 42 games, 158 at-bats, 46 hits, 9 homers, 25 rbi, .291 batting

Naturally the better numbers belong to A-Rod and it’s supposed to make you doubt everything you ever knew about baseball considering Reggie Jackson’s reputation as Mr. October. But all those numbers serve to prove is how deceiving statistics can be. Here are the real numbers: in the past three postseasons (prior to this year), A-Rod hit .159 (7-for-44) with NO home runs and only 1 RBI. All three years the Yankees lost in the first round. Any coincidence that the playoff series he finally hits in they swept the Twins?

Now Mr. October earned his nickname by hitting .400 (22-for-55) with 8 home runs and 17 RBIs in 15 World Series games for the Yankees. Throw all those stats above out the window because what I just presented is all you need to know. Let A-Rod hit several home runs in the World Series (and in the ALCS) and then we can talk about comparing the two. Until then, A-Rod will have to settle for his current Dave Winfield nickname of Mr. May.