Friday, June 20, 2008

Goose probably hates you, too

Evidently, Goose Gossage seems to hate everything about baseball today. He probably hates me for having the nerve to post my thoughts without being employed by a newspaper. He probably hates you for daring to read it. New fangled interwebs.

I'm not really sure why he's so anti-expression and anti-emotion, considering his emotion is what made him one of the most feared pitchers of the 70's and 80's. But he is and I find it silly.

Gossage believes the dancing antics of Jose Reyes are one reason why the Mets have been in a tailspin since last September.

"There's not enough mustard in the city to cover Reyes," said Gossage, who was at the Stadium to give a pitching clinic to Bronx Little Leaguers and raise money to support inner-city youth baseball leagues in six cities. "He needs to act like a professional.

"I don't want this sport to turn into football where they dance after every play. I can't stand that - the dancing, the laughing - there's no place for that in the game. He's not the first great player to play - I wouldn't even say great because he hasn't won anything yet."

Gossage also ripped Joba Chamberlain last month for his fist-pumping antics, but later spoke to the rookie to make sure his words weren't taken out of context.
Yeah, so stuff that in your Z-Cavaricci's and burn 'em. And get off his damn lawn, too!


themarksmith said...

Yes, because laughing is terrible

Osmodious said...

You know, if I took the time and figured out how to do it, I bet a ton of money (which will buy you 2 hot dogs, these days) that I could make a correlation between how well a team is playing and how much fun they are having.

When the Mets were raking last year, Reyes & Wright led the way in having big smiles...when the 'Baby Bombers' were raking over the past couple of years, ALL the Yankees had smiles on their faces.

When you are having fun, you play better ball. When you win, you have more fun. It's a cycle that feeds itself, and the catalyst is often a player that plays with sheer Melky when he first came up, or Wright or Reyes or Cano.

When you enjoy what you are doing, you do it well. When you choke down on yourself, you don't enjoy yourself and you will not perform. It's true for ANY job, but more important for sports, I think...

Jason said...

Os: truer words were never spoken. The youthful exuberance, the enthusiasm, the passion.... things that help teams stay loose and play the game.

who needs to be tight as a drum? I think the kids (cano, melky, duncan) were a huge benefit for ARod last year. he had FUN.


Novel idea, he?

Anonymous said...

Gawd, those old time players who rip current players for having fun or wearing their socks too high or too low or having the audacity to crack a smile every now and then annoy the crap out of me.