Bo knows KC: Legend tosses out first pitch in Atlanta
ATLANTA -- A legendary star in both the Major Leagues with the Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox and the then-California Angels and the National Football League, with the then-Los Angeles Raiders, Bo Jackson threw out the first pitch prior to Wednesday's matinee at Turner Field.
Jackson, who played in the Majors from 1986-94, earning MVP honors in his lone All-Star Game appearance, admitted it was nice to be back at the ball park and remembered how much he enjoyed being around the game.
"I don't miss the game. I miss the camaraderie," he said. "I'm quite sure if you ask all of the players that have played and gone on and done other things, they miss the camaraderie more than the game. Being baseball players, our job is no different than [yours]. You have to come in punch the clock, put in time and go home. But between those periods and times, that's when you build the camaraderie and the friendships. That's what I miss."
The majority of the camaraderie and friendships were built between 1986 and 1990 with the Royals, when he performed magic in the outfield and hit 109 of his 132 career homers, many of the majestic variety.
"The Royals are my team," he said. "I'm hoping that they win. I pull for the Braves, because I know a few guys on the Braves, [fellow Auburn alum] Tim Hudson, John Schuerholz [Kansas City's general manager when Jackson played there], but I started my career in Kansas City. So I'm an American Leaguer."
Jackson, who admitted to having several "irons in the fire," was primarily in town to help promote "Bo Bikes Bama 2," the second-annual event, which takes place on Saturday to raise money for tornado victims in Alabama.
The recent subject of an ESPN 30-for-30 Documentary, Jackson, who currently lives in Chicago, remains modest, especially when asked about his legacy and being considered by some the greatest athlete of all time.
"I don't know. That's not for me to say. That's for my peers and for the people out there that watched me play," he said. "The only thing that I know is that when my wife says, 'Go out and plow the driveway.' I've got to do it. Even though I could be the greatest of all time I still have to plow that driveway."