NEW YORK YANKEES MEET AND GREET
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Martin had managed the Tigers inwhen Jackson's A's beat them in the playoffs. Jackson was once quoted as saying of Martin, "I hate him, but if I played for him, I'd probably love him. During spring training at the Yankees' camp in Fort LauderdaleJackson and Ward were having drinks at a nearby bar. Jackson's version of the story is that he noted that the Yankees had won the pennant the year before, but lost the World Series to the Redsand suggested that they needed one thing more to win it all, and pointed out the various ingredients in his drink.
Ward suggested that Jackson might be "the straw that stirs the drink. I'm the straw that stirs the drink. Maybe I should say me and Munson, but he can only stir it bad. Jackson has consistently denied saying anything negative about Munson in the interview and he has said that his quotes were taken out of context.
Not Munson, not nobody else on this club. On June 18, in a 10—4 loss to the Boston Red Sox in a nationally televised game at Fenway Park in Boston, Jim Ricea powerful hitter but notoriously slow runner, hit a ball into shallow right field that Jackson appeared to weakly attempt to field.
Jackson failed to reach the ball which fell far in front of him, thereby allowing Rice to reach second base.
Furious, Martin removed Jackson from the game without even waiting for the end of the inning, sending Paul Blair out to replace him. When Jackson arrived at the dugout, Martin yelled that Jackson had shown him up. They argued, and Jackson said that Martin's heavy drinking had impaired his judgment.
Despite Jackson being 18 years younger, about two inches taller and maybe 40 pounds heavier, Martin lunged at him, and had to be restrained by coaches Yogi Berra and Elston Howard. Red Sox fans could see this in the dugout and began cheering wildly, and the NBC TV cameras showed the confrontation to the entire country. Yankees management defused the situation by the next day, but the relationship between Jackson and Martin was permanently poisoned.
However, George Steinbrenner made a crucial intervention when he gave Martin the option of either having Jackson bat in the fourth or "cleanup" spot for the rest of the season, or losing his job.
Martin made the change and Jackson's hitting improved he had 13 home runs and 49 RBIs over his next 50 gamesand the team went on a winning streak. The Yankees won the division by two and a half games over the Red Sox and Orioles, and came from behind in the top of the ninth inning in the fifth and final game of the American League Championship Series to beat the Kansas City Royals for the pennant.
October[ edit ] During the World Series against the DodgersMunson was interviewed, and suggested that Jackson, because of his past post-season performances, might be the better interview subject. In Oakland, he had been known as "Jax" and "Buck.
Jackson's crowning achievement came with his three-home-run performance in World Series-clinching Game Six, each on the first pitch, off three Dodgers pitchers.
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His first plate-appearance, during the second inning, resulted in a four-pitch walk. The first came off starter Burt Hootonand was a line drive shot into the lower right field seats at Yankee Stadium. With the fans chanting his name, "Reg-GIE! It was a towering drive into the black-painted batter's eye seats in center, feet away.
Jackson stated afterwards that the scouting reports provided by Gene Michael and Birdie Tebbetts played a large role in his success. In 27 World Series games, he amassed 10 home runsincluding a record five during the Series the last three on first pitches24 RBI and a.
Babe Ruth accomplishing the feat twice — in and both in Game Four. With 25 total bases, Jackson also broke Ruth's record of 22 in the latter Series; this remains a World Series record, Willie Stargell tying it in the World Series.
An often forgotten aspect of the ending of this decisive Game 6 was the way Jackson left the field at the game's end. Fans had been getting somewhat rowdy in anticipation of the game's end, and some had actually thrown firecrackers out near Jackson's area in right field.
Jackson was alarmed enough about this to walk off the field, in order to get a helmet from the Yankee bench to protect himself. Shortly after this point, as the end of the game neared, fans were actually bold enough to climb over the wall, draping their legs over the side in preparation for the moment when they planned to rush onto the field. When that moment came, after pitcher Mike Torrez caught a pop-up for the game's final out, Jackson started running at top speed off the field, actually body-checking past some of these fans filling the playing field in the manner of a football linebacker.
The Yankees' home opener of the season, on April 13 against the Chicago White Soxfeatured a new product, the "Reggie! Jackson hit a home run, and when he returned to right field the next inning, fans began throwing the Reggie bars on the field in celebration. Jackson told the press that this confused him, thinking that maybe the fans did not like the candy. But the Yankees could not maintain their success, as manager Billy Martin lost control. On July 23, after suspending Jackson for disobeying a sign during a July 17 game, Martin made a statement about his two main antagonists, referring to comments Jackson had made and team owner George Steinbrenner's violation of campaign-finance laws: One's a born liar, the other's convicted.
Steinbrenner, a Cleveland -area native, had hired former Indians star Al Rosen as his team president replacing another Cleveland figure, Gabe Paul. Steinbrenner jumped at the chance to involve another hero of his youth with the Yankees; Lemon had been one of Steinbrenner's coaches during the Bombers' pennant-winning season. After being 14 games behind the first-place Red Sox on July 18, the Yankees finished the season in a tie for first place.
The two teams played a one-game playoff for the division title at Fenway Park, with the Yankees winning 5—4.
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Although the home run by light-hitting shortstop Bucky Dent in the seventh inning got the most notice, it was an eighth-inning home run by Jackson that gave the Yankees the fifth run they ended up needing. Jackson was once again in the center of events in the World Seriesagain against the Dodgers.
Los Angeles won the first two games at Dodger Stadium, taking the second when rookie reliever Bob Welch struck Jackson out with two men on base with two outs in the ninth inning. The series then moved to New York, and after the Yankees won Game Three on several fine defensive plays by third baseman Graig Nettles, Game Four saw Jackson in the middle of a controversial play on the basepaths.
In the sixth inning, after collecting an RBI single, Jackson was struck in the hip—possibly on purpose—by a ball thrown by Dodger shortstop Bill Russell as Jackson was being forced at second base. Instead of completing a double play that would have ended the inning, the ball caromed into foul territory and allowed Thurman Munson to score the Yankees' second run of the inning.
In spite of the Dodgers' protests of interference on Jackson's part, the umpires allowed the play to stand. The Yankees tied the game in the eighth inning and eventually won in the tenth.
Following a blowout win in Game Five, both teams headed back to Los Angeles. In Game Six, Jackson got his revenge against Welch by blasting a two-run home run in the seventh inning, putting the finishing touch on a series-clinching, win for the Yankees.
As he entered the last year of his Yankee contract inJackson endured several difficulties from George Steinbrenner. After the owner consulted Jackson about signing then-free agent Dave WinfieldJackson expected Steinbrenner to work out a new contract for him as well.
Steinbrenner never did some say never intending to and Jackson played the season as a free agent. Jackson started slowly with the bat, and when the Major League Baseball strike began, Steinbrenner invoked a clause in Jackson's contract forcing him to take a complete physical examination.
Jackson was outraged and blasted Steinbrenner in the media. When the season resumed, Jackson's hitting improved, partly to show Steinbrenner he wasn't finished as a player. He hit a long home run into the upper deck in Game Five of the strike -forced American League Division Series with the Brewersand the Yankees went on to win the pennant again.
Jackson was medically cleared to play Game Three, but manager Bob Lemon refused to start him or even play him, allegedly acting under orders from Steinbrenner. The Yankees lost that game and Jackson played the remainder of the series, hitting a home run in Game Four.
However, they lost the last three games and the World Series to the Dodgers. Jackson had faced the Dodgers four straight times in the World Series by No other player in Major League history has played against the same team more consecutive times in the Fall Classic. Jackson became a free-agent again once the season was over. The owner of the California Angelsentertainer Gene Autryhad heard of Jackson's desire to return to California to play, and signed him to a five-year contract.
On April 27,in Jackson's first game back at Yankee Stadium with the Angels, he broke out of a terrible season-starting slump to hit a home run off former teammate Ron Guidry. On September 17,on the 17th anniversary of the day he hit his first home run, he hit his th, at Anaheim Stadium off Bud Black of the Royals.
Inhe signed a one-year contract to return to the A's, wearing the number 44 with which he was now most associated rather than the number 9 he previously wore in Oakland. He announced he would retire after the season, at the age of In his last at-bat, at Comiskey Park in Chicago on October 4, he collected a broken-bat single up the middle, but the A's lost to the White Sox5—2. Jackson was the last player in the major leagues to have played for the Kansas City Athletics.
Within a span of a few hours on Wednesday, they were reported to be willing to guarantee a year deal to Harper and unwilling to go beyond seven years for either Harper or fellow mega free agent Manny Machado. But what should we make of this new idea that the White Sox are a "long shot" in the Harper derby?
A seven-year deal wouldn't be as rich as a year contract, one would assume, even if it potentially carried a higher annual salary. Harper reportedly prefers the Los Angeles Dodgers, who seemingly angled for a run at him with their big trade with the Cincinnati Reds, clearing players from their crowded outfield and money from their books. And the White Sox have always had the challenge of getting players to buy into plans of future success as opposed to joining up with an immediate contender.
The Dodgers fit that description, the winners of the last two National League pennants, as do the Nationals, despite their history of underachieving, much of it with Harper on the roster. The New York Yankees, the supposedly preferred team of Machado, could be the preseason World Series favorite, even without Machado on board. But on the other hand, the White Sox sudden classification as a "long shot" could also be a reaction to the latest activity.
The Phillies might be planning their face-to-face meeting with Harper, but that's only because they didn't sit down with him, just agent Scott Boras, when in Harper's hometown for the Winter Meetings last month. The Nationals are meeting with Harper with hopes of bringing him back, sure, but they had an initial offer rejected and it was owner Mark Lerner who said this just two weeks before the reported five-hour sit down: But is that recent movement by the Phillies and Nationals all that has boxed the White Sox out of the discussion?
There was the early-in-the-offseason meeting there that reportedly featured Hall of Famer Jim Thome, and there was another one that reportedly took place during the Winter Meetings.