Goose Gossage: “Nerds Ruined The Game”
On Thrusday Hall of Fame pitcher Goose Gossage ripped Toronto Bluejay Jose Bautista for flipping his bat and condemned the “nerds running the game” in an expletive-laced rant.
In a wide-ranging interview with ESPN, the 64-year-old criticized modern relievers for pitching fewer innings than he did, railed against Ryan Braun and other steroid users, and blasted baseball executives who rely on analytics.
“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 [expletive] they went and they thought they figured the [expletive] game out. They don’t know [expletive].
A bunch of [expletive] nerds running the game. You can’t slide into second base. You can’t take out the [expletive] catcher because [Buster] Posey was in the wrong position and they are going to change all the rules…. I’d like to knock some of these [expletive] on their [expletive] and see how they would do against pitchers in the old days.”
Gossage also shared some harsh words for Toronto Blue Jays star Jose Bautista, who electrified baseball with a colossal bat flip in Game 5 of a thrilling ALDS last year.
“Bautista is a [expletive] disgrace to the game,” Gossage told ESPN. “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.”
Bautista was measured in his response to the accusations. “He’s a great ambassador for the game,” Bautista told ESPN. “I don’t agree with him. I’m disappointed that he made those comments, but I’m not going to get into it with him. I would never say anything about him, no matter what he said about me. I have too much good stuff to worry about his comments.”
Gossage’s comments are in stark contrast to the beliefs of one prominent modern day star. In an interview with ESPN, Bryce Harper said he believed baseball’s traditions have made it “tired”.
“Baseball’s tired,” he said. “It’s a tired sport, because you can’t express yourself. You can’t do what people in other sports do. I’m not saying baseball is, you know, boring or anything like that, but it’s the excitement of the young guys who are coming into the game now who have flair.
“If a guy pumps his fist at me on the mound, I’m going to go, ‘Yeah, you got me. Good for you. Hopefully I get you next time.’ That’s what makes the game fun. You want kids to play the game, right? What are kids playing these days? Football, basketball. Look at those players – Steph Curry, LeBron James. It’s exciting to see those players in those sports. Cam Newton – I love the way Cam goes about it. He smiles, he laughs. It’s that flair. The dramatic.”