Rick Sutcliffe Wanted to Kill Reggie Jackson
To set the scene: a few innings after A-Rod's home run, Sutcliffe and partner Dave Brennan discuss the various merits of showboating after hitting a long run, especially in the case of David Ortiz's extended stroll after a home run over the weekend. (Ortiz took a really, really long time to break into his slight jog.) Of course, this type of showboating is blasphemous to Sutcliffe, who not only was a pitcher but who was in the middle of professing his belief that baseball today isn't the "same game" because people feel more inclined to showboat today than they did in the past.
And then, apparently as a method of supporting his point, Sutcliffe breaks into the real gem: his story about Reggie Jackson. Paraphrased, it went a little like this:
Sutcliffe: You know, that happened to me one time. I wanted to kill Reggie Jackson.
Sutcliffe: Yeah. He hit a home run off of me, and stared at it. I was hot. I was furious. I was in the dugout, and I was going to throw at him the next time he came up. And then my guy Burt Blyleven came up to me and said "Sut, he's hit 500 of those things. He's earned the right to stare at it when it leaves the park." But I was furious.
Brennan: Well, the rules are slightly different today.
Sutcliffe: Because I was going to throw at his head. I was going to throw at his face, if I could hit it! I was going to kill him if I could.
Brennan: ... stunned, awkward silence ...
And ... scene! Lessons: Burt Blyleven saves lives. And showboating -- even in an era when nobody supposedly showboated -- can get you killed, son.