(two all time Yankee greats bask in the adulation of a sell-out Bronx crowd. Their inclusion and participation in such an event should in no way be seen as a gigantic FUCK YOU to a certain baseball team from Flushing. )
It was Old Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium yesterday, which afforded Goose Gossage yet another opportunity to spout off on the injustice of juiced-up, styling & profiling modern sluggers. From the New York Times’ Joe LaPointe.
With Barry Bonds accused of using steroids, does Gossage think Bonds’s pursuit of Hank Aaron’s home run record of 755 is legitimate?
“No, I don’t,” Gossage said. “The integrity of the game is all these numbers that all those great players like Hank and Babe Ruth put up before. I could never understand why there wasn’t an investigation being done.”
“It seems to be beyond what anyone even thought,” Gossage said of steroid use. “I’m wondering why is nothing being done to protect the integrity of the game. They’re keeping Pete Rose out of the Hall of Fame for gambling ” which they should.”
Gossage, 54, lives in Colorado. He said that pitchers today do not work the inside of the plate enough and that the hitters do not respect pitchers as they once did. He mentioned Boston’s Manny Ramirez, who often stands near home plate to watch his home runs.
“I would have drilled Manny years ago,” Gossage said. “He wouldn’t have pulled that stuff, stand there and stare at home runs.”