Scott Ferrall believes Reggie Jackson was the coolest baseball player ever. Ferrall also thinks Jackson’s three-homer performance in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series was “the greatest feat in the history of the world.” It was better than everything: Moses parting the sea, Rome falling, Americans walking on the moon – you name it.
“Well, I don’t know about all that now,” the Yankees legend said on Ferrall on the Bench, chuckling. “I think you got to go to that no-hitter (Don) Larsen threw.”
Larsen, also a former Yankee, threw a perfect game in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series.
“I would say that his feat was a greater feat than mine,” Jackson said. “You said it was the greatest moment of your life. It was the greatest moment of my life. I got to put that behind my daughter’s birth.”
In any event, Jackson, 68, has thoroughly enjoyed watching this year’s World Series between the Giants and Royals – even if there weren’t any home run heroics.
“I kind of predicted this game here,” Jackson said of Wednesday’s Game 7, a 3-2 Giants win. “I figured if the Giants would get ahead, you’re going to see (Madison) Bumgarner. I thought you wouldn’t see him until the seventh. But seeing him in the (fifth), I’m not surprised.”
Jackson said that almost all pitchers have a throw day when they pitch on four days of rest. That throw day typically falls on the second day, and they’ll usually throw 25 to 35 pitches.
“His normal throw day is two days after he pitches,” Jackson said, “so this is normal for him.”
Bumgarner was named series MVP after winning two games and recording a save in dominating fashion. His World Series stats now read as follows: 4-0, one save, a 0.25 ERA and three world championships. He has allowed just one run to go with 31 strikeouts and five walks.
He went 4-1 with a 1.03 ERA this postseason.
“Now he can sleep until Christmas,” Jackson said.
Jackson was not surprising by anything either team did in this series. The Royals winning Game 6 10-0 did not surprise him, and the Giants winning Game 7 3-2 did not surprise him.
“I’m not surprised by anything these two teams do,” Jackson said. “They could come out and not hit at all and none of us would be surprised. I would ask anybody listening if you could name five or six players on the Giants – they got 25 and we’ve been watching them – if you can name five or six of them, I’ll send you $100. It’s amazing what (Bruce) Bochy has done and what the Giants have done – and what the Giants have done over the years. (I was) kind of rooting for Kansas City because they’ve had 30 years of dry spell there. I like to see it spread around.”
Instead, the Giants have now won three titles in five years.
“It’s kind of like the Spurs,” Jackson said. “It shows you what a real team effort does. It promotes continuity, unity, good leadership on both sides. It’s a real cool thing to watch.”