If Goose Gossage sits by the hand-cranked magneto generatin’ telephone long enough…it will ring.
If voters go strictly by the numbers of baseball, imagine the bizarre atmosphere that will descend on the induction ceremonies, the possibility that some enshrinees will be booed all the way into the Hall of Fame downtown.
“In that case, I won’t be there,” said Gossage. “If I was a fan, I wouldn’t even show up. You’ve got all the kids in the world watching this. What does that tell our kids, that there’s no punishment for cheating?
“They cheated. They (expletive) cheated. I believe that, hey, there’s gotta be a paddle for these guys’ asses. This is the last step of punishment there for them. If a guy gets into the Hall of Fame and we find out later he was cheating, kick him out!”
A veteran of 22 major league seasons, Gossage retired in 1994, by which time steroids already were believed to be having a powerful effect on baseball. Gossage recalls standing in the outfield with Oakland A’s teammate Dennis Eckersley — also now in the Hall of Fame — and watching in wonderment as batting–practice balls regularly landed 50 rows deep in the outfield seats or high off the scoreboard.
“I studied hitters for a living,” said Gossage, via phone from his home in Colorado Springs. “I never saw bat speed like these guys. There was no cocking. It was like one of those golf machines that hits the ball the same every time. Push a button and there it is. It’s not human.
“I saw guys go from Barney Fife to Lou Ferrigno from one season to the next. It made me sick. It made me sick. It made me sick for Roger Maris, sick for all the guys who set the records that fell. Just sick.”
Posted: December 04, 2012 at 10:58 AM | 25 comment(s)
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