Bert Blyleven wasn’t angry to be called out by Reggie Jackson in Sports Illustrated. Disappointed, maybe. But he’s moved on.
The Yankees great questioned the Hall of Fame legitimacy of Blyleven and deceased players Gary Carter and Kirby Puckett — among others — in his already-infamous interview. Blyleven told WFAN’s Boomer & Carton that Jackson personally apologized over the phone before the issue went to print.
“God gives us many holes in our body,” Blyleven said Wednesday morning. “And he just spoke out of the wrong one. That’s the way I look at it.”
...“You man up,” said Blyleven. “Give him credit for calling me saying that ‘Hey, there’s an article that’s coming out. This is what was said and I apologize and I’m trying to call everybody on that list.’ “
It might have just been a case of Reggie being Reggie. Besides, there’s nothing Jackson could say that would take away Blyleven’s long-awaited accomplishment.
“It took me 14 years to get in,” he told Boomer & Carton. “One little statement is not all it takes (to take) this damn thing away from me.”
Posted: July 19, 2012 at 08:17 AM | 10 comment(s)
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