Respect the game. Act like a professional. Play the game the right way.
These were phrases uttered numerous times by Goose Gossage during his media circus/tour following his controversial comments with ESPN yesterday. And by media tour, I mean tour … he hit ESPN New York, ESPN Chicago, Sportsnet and TSN 1050 (the latter two, twice).
In the 24 hours following his inane rant, by my count, Gossage has already made six radio/TV appearances to defend his stance. In many of them, it’s the same rehearsed bits, which makes me think Goose is really trying to make this all about him.
Goose Gossage is man hellbent on protecting the sanctity of the game, but in the process, he’s sounding like a senile old man. As if those shots against Jose Bautista and the analytics movement weren’t enough, Gossage wanted another go at Joey Bats and the Blue Jays.
When asked by The Michael Kay Show about what he would’ve done to Jose Bautista, Goose Gossage responded as espected:
“I’d have spun his world around. This guy couldn’t make a living back in the day. They would’ve drilled him every time up.”
I’m sure Jose Bautista would take no issue with that, as it would skyrocket his on base percentage even further. Then, this from Goose Gossage during his apperance on ESPN Chicago’s Waddle & Silvy Show:
“Toronto was supposed to win it all and look how those fools acted up there. They acted like they won the World Series, running around like a bunch of idiots … and they didn’t win anything.”
Hey Rich … they may not have won the World Series, but I’m pretty sure the Blue Jays won a whole lot more than the Yankees did last year.
If you have the patience or sheer will power to listen through the full interviews with ESPN, Gossage also goes on to criticize one of the game’s brightest young stars, Bryce Harper.
“You’re going to let a young punk like Bryce Harper dictate the game?”
Just when you think Goose Gossage couldn’t sound like any more of a lunatic, he does.
Many are simply waiting for Gossage to officially announce his “Make Baseball Great Again” campaign. At this point, he’s wandered into “senile old man” territory, and the Yankees might be wise to distance themselves from their beloved Hall of Famer.
Notice how practically no one is coming to Goose Gossage’s defense? That’s because he’s practically out on an island; his vision of the game of baseball is so far gone that he’s trying to grasp onto any tiny morsel he can remember.
And now that guys like Jose Bautista and Bryce Harper are in the limelight, Goose Gossage simply can’t handle it. Too bad for Goose that he’s just a one man army.