Now that Dallas Braden's 15 minutes of fame have gone into overtime, let's start our blogging week with this delicious item, as pointed out by alert reader Daniel Dowling of East Meadow:

In an interview with Chris Russo on Sirius XM Satellite Radio a couple of weeks back, Reggie Jackson criticized Braden, defended Alex Rodriguez and said this:

"I've never heard that you're not allowed on the mound; I've never heard that . . . I never heard Gibson say that. I never heard Koufax say that . . . I've never heard of it. I never heard of it. So now all of a sudden Al does that and everyone's on his butt. That's wrong. That's dead wrong."

On page 108 of his 2009 book with Bob Gibson, "Sixty Feet, Six Inches" Jackson said this, recalling an incident involving his old nemesis, Mike Caldwell of the Brewers:

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"Once, after I popped out, I tried to get to him by cutting across the pitcher's mound on the way back to the dugout, which you're not supposed to do. The next time I came up, he knocked me down."

Oops. As Braden's grandmother, Peggy Lindsey, might have said: "Stick it, Reggie!"