Goose Gossage has a thing or two to say about the state of baseball today.
Problem is, the Hall of Fame pitcher apparently can’t say them without also using words that are considered by many to be inappropriate.
But not to worry. We’ll simply “bleep” out the bad words like they do on TV so you can fully appreciate what Gossage, 64, had to say recently to ESPN while working with players at the New York Yankees training camp.
“I’ll tell you what has happened, these guys played rotisserie baseball at Harvard or wherever the [bleep] they went and they thought they figured the [bleeping] game out. They don’t know [bleep].
“A bunch of [bleeping] nerds running the game. You can’t slide into second base. You can’t take out the [bleeping] 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 [bleepers] on their [bleeps] and see how they would do against pitchers in the old days.”
On pitch counts:
“They have been created from the top, from their computers. 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 [bleeping] question, they would have said: ‘Son, get your [bleep] out there on that mound. If you get tired, we’ll come and get you.’”
On bat-flippers, like Jose Bautista:
“Bautista is a [bleeping] disgrace to the game. He’s embarrassing to all the Latin players, whoever played before him. Throwing his bat and acting like a fool, like all those guys in Toronto. [Yoenis] Cespedes, same thing.”
Wait, is it just me or does Gossage seem to be running out of steam (or at least curse words)?
Let’s try one more topic, say Brewers slugger Ryan Braun:
“Ryan Braun is a [bleeping] 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 [bleeping] teeth? They don’t have anyone passing the [bleeping] torch to these people.
“If I had acted like that, you don’t go in that [bleeping] dugout. There are going to be 20 [bleeping] guys waiting for you.”
Ah, much [bleeping] better.