Get Off My Lawn!

Cranky old guys are a fact of life. Dealing with them can be a challenge and the Yankees tried and failed repeatedly, in attempting to deal with their cranky old guy, Goose Gossage. They tried to get him to tone down his criticism and comments but he wouldn’t and so they didn’t invite him as a guest instructor this spring. Predictably and sadly, he didn’t handle it well.

These comments are not worthy of much analysis. They are stupid and vile and I hope Gossage reflects on them and apologizes. I get his anger at how the game has changed, closers don’t throw multiple innings anymore on a regular basis. But he ignores some of the changes in the game since he played. Batters can watch hours of video showing every pitch a pitcher has. Statistics are everywhere and hitters know what pitches they are more likely to face in certain situations. It doesn’t mean the game is better than it was in the 70’s, but you simply cannot claim it is easier.

Gossage was great in his day and made the Hall of Fame. It would have been nice if he could have enjoyed that and not felt the need to denigrate a guy like Mariano Rivera. Unfortunately he couldn’t and you can’t blame the Yankees for not wanting a guy like that around this team.