Hall of Fame pitcher Goose Gossage said that MLB executives consist of a lot of “nerds” turning baseball into a “joke.”
Moreover, he maintains that Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista disrespected the Texas Rangers in the 2015 ALDS by flinging his bat after a home run.
The “Goose,” who built his reputation on 100 mph fastballs and compiled 310 saves in a career that spanned two-and-a-half decades (1970-94), didn’t pull any punches describing the infamous bat-fling by Bautista. “Bautista is a f—ing disgrace to the game,” he 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. [Yoenis] Cespedes, same thing.”
Bautista reacted to Gossage’s remark saying that the 64-year-old and nine-time MLB All-Star was a “great ambassador for the game” and was “disappointed” by his comments. “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. Today is my first game [of the spring], getting ready for a new season; hopefully, we will whoop some more ass.”
Regarding front-office brass, Gossage opined, “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 f— they went and they thought they figured the f—ing game out. They don’t know s—.”
How are the nerds changing the game? Gossage explains, “You can’t slide into second base. You can’t take out the f—ing 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 f—ers on their ass and see how they would do against pitchers in the old days.”
The still feisty right-hander also took a shot at Brewers slugger Ryan Braun, suspended by MLB for 65 games in 2013 for using performance-enhancing drugs. “Ryan Braun is a f—ing 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 f—ing teeth? They don’t have anyone passing the f—ing torch to these people.
“If I had acted like that, you don’t go in that f—ing dugout. There are going to be 20 f—ing guys waiting for you.”