Mark McGwire, Reality Star?
In addition to being a Hall of Fame pitcher, Ferguson Jenkins might have a future as a TV executive. Here’s a story from The Associated Press:
NEW YORK — Ferguson Jenkins says Mark McGwire owes an apology to all those pitchers who gave up his home runs.
The Hall of Fame ace sent an open letter to The Associated Press this week, telling the former home-run king: “You have not even begun to apologize to those you have harmed.”
“How many pitchers do you think he ended their careers by hitting numbers of home runs off them?” Jenkins said during a telephone interview Wednesday.
Wouldn’t that make for a great reality series? McGwire could travel the country in a Winnebago with Conan O’Brien tagging along for comic relief, seeking out and apologizing to pitchers he hit home runs against. The odds are 1-5 that Jack Morris would deck him.
The story continues:
Jenkins also maintained he would have known how to handle the bulked-up McGwire, who hit a then-record 70 homers in 1998 and followed with 65 the following year.
“It’s tough to hit a home run off your back,” Jenkins said. “In my era, Seaver, Gibson, Drysdale, Carlton, there were so many guys that would have probably knocked him on his butt. He wouldn’t have hit home runs the way he did in that era.”
All of that makes Jenkins the newest member of the Association of Grumpy Old Men Who Say “Back In My Day . . .”