Hall of Fame pitcher Goose Gossage took it to baseball the other day, and sounded like a grumpy older man by discounting Jose Bautista, Ryan Braun, and the “nerds in baseball” but, I have to say I do agree with him to an extent.
Here’s the interview Gossage did with ESPN:
“It is a joke,” Gossage said. “The game is becoming a freaking joke because of the nerds who are running it.
“I’ll tell you what has happened, these guys played rotisserie baseball at Harvard or wherever the f— they went, and they thought they figured the f—ing game out. They don’t know s—.
“A bunch of f—ing nerds running the game. You can’t slide into second base. You can’t take out the f—ing catcher because [Buster] Posey was in the wrong position and they are going to change all the rules. You can’t pitch inside anymore. I’d like to knock some of these f—ers on their ass and see how they would do against pitchers in the old days.
“Ryan Braun is a f—ing steroid user. He gets a standing ovation on Opening Day in Milwaukee. How do you explain that to your kid after throwing people under the bus and lying through his f—ing teeth? They don’t have anyone passing the f—ing torch to these people.
“If I had acted like that, you don’t go in that f—ing dugout. There are going to be 20 f—ing guys waiting for you.”
“They have been created from the top, from their computers,” Gossage said. “They are protecting these kids. The first thing a pitcher does when he comes off the mound is ask: ‘How many pitches do I have?’ If I had asked that f—ing question, they would have said: ‘Son, get your ass out there on that mound. If you get tired, we’ll come and get you.'”
(courtesy of ESPN)
Do I agree with Gossage? Yes and No. Yes, I also think the game has morphed into a sissified sabermetric state. What ever happened to the saying “rub some dirt on it and get back out there?” That was when players were making a FRACTION of what these players are, and actually loved the game. I’m not saying that players don’t still love the game but, there is definitely a disconnect when the money outweighs the job – the hunger goes away.
(Zach Grienke will make approximately $1.1 million A GAME this year based on a 30 start season. Compared to 1980 when Nolan Ryan became the FIRST player to get $1 million for an ENTIRE SEASON).
Do I agree with Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals, who thinks players should be able to express themselves to spice up the game? ABSOLUTELY! If a pitcher doesn’t want to get shown up with a bat flip, don’t give up the big base hit. If a hitter doesn’t want to get shown up … hit the pitch. It’s just that simple. If you are worried about getting “shown up” then man up and be the better player…don’t cry to the media and say that you’ve been disrespected.
As much as baseball visually need players like Bautista and Harper because of the INSTANT MEDIA culture we now live in…it also needs the mental/physical toughness of a Gossage or a (Pete) Rose to stay relevant.
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