Did we think an old school, scrappy guy like Goose Gossage would go down quietly after the New York Yankees made the decision not to invite him
This is a man who played in an era where taking out an infielder's knees to break up a double play was encouraged and then rewarded with a fistful of non-flavored chewing tobacco.
So it goes without saying that some feathers would be ruffled after the following news was announced:
Hall of Famer Goose Gossage won't be a guest instructor for Yankees this spring. In recent springs, he's drawn the ire of Yankees w/ caustic remarks about one-inning closers like Mariano Rivera, analytics/baseball nerds, bat flips, etc.— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) February 12, 2018
The 66-year-old Hall-of-Fame pitcher had some pretty strong words for Yankees general manager Brian Cashman as a result of the snub.
According to a phone interview with
It's no secret that Goose is perturbed by the way the game is played now and the personalities of baseball's biggest stars, though it's all a testament to how the game and league has evolved and not an insult to the old school foundation upon which it was built.
Still, some don't agree:
Safe to say that Gossage's future spring invites will be "lost in the mail."