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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Blyleven: Give Jackson Credit For Apology, But Why Include Carter?

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.”

Thanks to Butch.

Repoz Posted: July 19, 2012 at 08:17 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: July 19, 2012 at 08:29 AM (#4186837)
When I read the headline I thought Blyleven had made an incredibly tasteless remark. The way I read it Blyleven was asking why Jackson apologized regarding Carter which is not the case at all. Am I the only one who read it that way?

Incidentally, credit to Bert who took the high road in the article.
   2. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: July 19, 2012 at 11:24 AM (#4186946)
I took it as "why include Carter in the first place" but I see how it could be misread. Poor headline writing, Repoz! Your penance is 5 Call Me, Maybes!
   3. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: July 19, 2012 at 11:25 AM (#4186948)
Though the 61-year-old accepted the apology and insisted Jackson “didn’t mean it that way,” there’s something that still bothers him: “The thing that got (to) me about the article: sometimes you say things before you think, and when he mentions Kirby Puckett and Gary Carter, two guys that are no longer with us, that was not right.”
   4. There are a lot of good people in alt-Shooty Posted: July 19, 2012 at 11:27 AM (#4186949)
“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.”

When I sing it comes out my urethra.
   5. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: July 19, 2012 at 11:27 AM (#4186950)
Yeah, the article was much clearer than the headline but unless Repoz works for CBS in New York I don't think he wrote it.
   6. Hank G. Posted: July 19, 2012 at 07:15 PM (#4187512)
Considering that Blyleven arguably was 30% more valuable over his career than Jackson (by BR WAR), I think Blyleven's remarks were quite restrained.
   7. Zonk Tormundbane Posted: July 19, 2012 at 07:26 PM (#4187520)
Your penance is 5 Call Me, Maybes!

I would like to report that I have thus far managed to avoid knowing what this is.

I have a vague understanding that it is some sort of song or perhaps a dance or both, but I do not know who originated it nor would I recognize it. I have read that various famous people have 'performed' it - but as of yet, I have not watched any of the videos nor read the articles.

Ordinarily, I like to think that I'm a sucker for pop culture -- but this kind of feels like missing the Macarena so I'm think I'm going to continue turning a blind eye to any mention of it.
   8. Leroy Kincaid Posted: July 19, 2012 at 08:39 PM (#4187577)
When god was passing out anuses, Reggie got in line twice.
   9. Hank G. Posted: July 19, 2012 at 09:17 PM (#4187607)
Just twice?
   10. simpleton & childlike gef the talking mongoose Posted: July 19, 2012 at 09:19 PM (#4187609)
I would like to report that I have thus far managed to avoid knowing what this is.

I believe it's a song. Like you, that's as far as it's intruded into my world -- i.e. not at all.

I don't believe I've ever heard a single second of any song by that "Lady Gaga" creature, either.

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