Hall of Fame slugger Reggie Jackson had the swagger, the strut and all of the gaudy statistics to back up his act.
Yet he watches baseball games today at the age of 66 and bemoans how the velvet ropes of flamboyance are being trampled by almost anyone wearing a uniform.
“If you had talent,” Jackson told USA TODAY Sports, “you could have style. There’s nothing wrong with style. I had style when I hit (563) home runs. But you’ve got to build up some history.
“What I’m seeing these days, and some of the arrogance, I feel like walking up, and saying, ‘What’s wrong with you? You can’t play. That’s not style. It’s a goofy act.’