"Goose" Gossage Speaks Out....
In what might be "his" year to gain admission to the hallowed Hall of Fame, fabled reliever supreme Goose Gossage had this to say about the swirling mist that is Roger Clemens. This is from North Jersey dot com. Read a little......
"If Roger cheated, what do the numbers mean? They mean nothing," Gossage said by telephone on Thursday. "Roger has always been a production, everything he's done has been a production. He's always wanted the attention. He's probably getting a lot more attention now than he ever wanted."
Gossage added that the three Cy Young awards Clemens won after he allegedly began taking performance-enhancing drugs "cannot stand," just as Bonds' home run record must be disqualified by Bud Selig.
"I always felt [Hank] Aaron's record was never given a fair shot," Gossage said. "It wasn't a level playing field, because Aaron had to go through so much more than Bonds ever did. I'm just glad the investigation took place. For a while, I thought the whole [steroids] thing was going to be swept under the rug.
"There's too much at stake here, too much great history, too many great players whose numbers pale in comparison to the steroid numbers. With Clemens, you just shake your head and wonder how it all happened, how it came to this. I mean, why didn't the Red Sox re-sign him [after the 1996 season]? All of a sudden his numbers started getting crazy when he was supposed to be getting older.
"There's no way [those post-1996 Cy Young awards] can stand."
Peter here, and I'm just now ready, finally, to go to the Christmas party at work....it's a half day of work, a two hour party, and so many happy faces going home to their friends and families. But I applaud Mr. Gossage for what he had the guts to say. I DO hope he will be voted into the Hall of Fame this year. After all, he was one of the most feared hurlers ever to take the mound in those so important late innings. Thanks Goose!! The entire article is linked when you click on the title of the post.