Officials: Reggie apologizes to A-Rod

July, 6, 2012
7/06/12
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A day after Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson's disparaging comments about Alex Rodriguez became public, Jackson spent Friday apologizing to the third baseman and the New York Yankees hierarchy, officials with knowledge of the conversations said.

"He is trying to rectify everything," Yankees manager Joe Girardi told ESPN New York.

Jackson contacted A-Rod, Girardi and Yankees officials to apologize for the comments he made in this week's edition of Sports Illustrated. Rodriguez confirmed Jackson called him, but declined to reveal the contents of the talk.

"We're going to keep that very private," Rodriguez said Friday.

Rodriguez and Jackson have been friends for years, which caused the third baseman to joke about the comments.

"With friends like that, who needs enemies," Rodriguez said.

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Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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