Reggie Jackson sent a strong message with comments that appeared in Sports Illustrated last week and publicly apologized for disparaging third baseman Alex Rodriguez. Apparently, that wasn't enough.
Jackson was told to stay away from team events last week according to ESPN's Buster Olney, who said Jackson wasn't with the team as per usual for the four-game series completed Sunday at Fenway Park in Boston. Jackson is a special adviser to senior management with the Yankees, but the Hall of Famer isn't currently welcome.
"He's trying to rectify everything," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said over the weekend.
Jackson told the magazine that A-Rod's 642 career homers have to be called into question because of the slugger's admitted use performance-enhancing drugs.
"Al's a very good friend," Jackson told SI. "But I think there are real questions about his numbers. As much as I like him, what he admitted about his usage does cloud some of his records."
Rodriguez joked with reporters, saying, "With friends like that, who needs enemies?"