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Mr. October lets Sharks out, 'frightened' by puck before Game 1

Jackson on hand for opener of Western Final against Blues

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

Jackson lets the Sharks out

STL@SJS, Gm1: Reggie Jackson opens locker room door

WCF, Gm1: Baseball legend Reggie Jackson gets ready for Game 1 as he holds the locker room door open before the Sharks take the ice

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The San Jose Sharks called on Mr. October for some Stanley Cup Playoff help in May.

Reggie Jackson, the Baseball Hall of Famer who played nine seasons in the Bay Area with the Oakland Athletics, helped San Jose by opening the locker-room door and escorting the Sharks to the ice for Game 1 of the Western Conference Final against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: It might be May, but we have @mroctober himself Reggie Jackson to open the doors tonight! @Athletics | #BayAreaUnite

Jackson hit 269 of his 563 career home runs with the A's and was the both the American League and World Series MVP in 1973, helping Oakland defeat the New York Mets for the championship. The 72-year-old watched the game from a suite at SAP Center but had a scary moment while watching warmups.

"I got a chance to stand behind the glass when they were warming up," Jackson said on the big screen during the first period, "and one of those guys hit one of the pucks that hit the glass, and I was frightened."

Jackson discovered there's only one way to overcome that fear.

"The next time I come," he said "I'll be sitting in the front row." Staff Writer David Satriano contributed to this story.

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