Wednesday, January 09, 2008

If Rice Could've Just Done This...

I love how Jim Rice doesn't get into the Hall of Fame because the writers hate him, but Goose Gossage, who once said the following, is allowed in.

I love how he sounds just like Eddie Murphy's impression of "pissed-off white guy."

I tried to figure out when this rant was from. Someone in the GooTube comments of this video (courtesy ruffbizness) said Goose said it was from after he blew a save in KC, and the next day he saved both days of a doubleheader, only to be asked about the day before. I narrowed it down to the years he played with Griffey ('82-'83), and saw he only saved both games of a doubleheader once. It was against the Royals, a day after blowing a save in Chicago. That's gotta be it. Either the comment had the story wrong, or Goose did the classic "athlete getting details of anecdote wrong as usual" thing.

Here's the game that preceded the rant. It also makes sense because he mentions Griffey being booed, and he had hit a low point, his average having fallen almost 50 points, and him hitting only one homer in the previous two months. (A far cry from the man George got rid of in his favor, Reggie Jackson.)

The best parts of this, of course, are the "nicknames" he gives to Yankee fans and Steinbrenner.

Add it to the list of great Yankee quotes, I guess:

Lou Gehrig: "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth."

Mickey Mantle: "Don't ask me, I'm no cock-sucker." (validity of statement still unclear)

Reggie Jackson: "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth." (What an amazing coincidence!)

Goose Gossage: "I'm fuckin' sick of this fuckin' shit!"

Compared to Goose, Clemens sounds like a saint in his "angry" press conference rant. Thanks for posting this - it was very funny.

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