Friday, December 21, 2007

"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.

5 Comments:

At 12/22/2007 12:24 AM, Blogger adam said...

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At 12/22/2007 6:03 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

The previous comment was spam, hence the deletion.

 
At 12/22/2007 2:01 PM, Blogger Casey said...

Cheers to Goose and hopefully others will follow.

All this talk about numbers and the different eras of the game - the Babe's 714 in the dead ball era, Hammerin Hank and his 714, the prominence of the curve ball, the use of the spit ball, etc. etc.

Truth is no single event has impacted the game and its numbers like steroids. Remember when 400 hrs was the gauge to measure greatness (Dave Kingman aside). That number has been tainted. Now we have a guy like Andre Dawson NOT in the hall while people clamored for McGwire's election last year. What did McGwire do other than artificially inflate his numbers? (When you get a chance, check out the Hawk's numbers http://www.baseball-reference.com/d/dawsoan01.shtml).

The Goose is right - Clemens, if you want to be measured with the greats of history, you have to come clean. Adjust the numbers to represent the truth.

Casey
http://ccww.wordpress.com

 
At 12/22/2007 2:01 PM, Blogger Casey said...

oops - that should read hammer' Hank and his 755

 
At 12/23/2007 7:06 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Thanks Casey (at the bat). And I agree with you completely...his legacy is in HIS hands. Thanks for your comments! Happy holidays to you and yours. Roger always finds a way to f**k up!

 

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