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 to this year's spring training as a special instructor? 

Ha! Foolish! 

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:

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 NJ Advance Media, Gossage retaliated stating, "I don't like Brian Cashman. That's all. It's not a secret."

The irate Yankee great continued: "If he had any balls, he'd do what he wants to do. He doesn't think he needs any baseball people around. Maybe he's right. The way the game is being run today, maybe you don't."

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:

"The game is so different today. Like I said, real baseball guys for years made a career out of baseball. You're not a coach anymore. You have to be their best friend."

Safe to say that Gossage's future spring invites will be "lost in the mail."