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I assure you that I want to let this dumb Goose Gossage thing go as much as you do. Or… OK, as someone who makes a living shoveling content, maybe I want to a little less than you do. But I’m pretty done with it!
Or at least I would be, had Jose Bautista not thrown some more tremendous above-the-fray shade today. Because I really can’t not pass it on.
Speaking to Marly Rivera of ESPN.com, Bautista continued to say he was surprised by the remarks, while making sure to assert his intellectual superiority as he patted the old man on the head.
“I just found them to be unnecessary. I have tried to analyze it, in every way that my creativity allows me to, and I find no scenario where he would have something positive to gain from it…but he must have his reasons. Many people feel bad or offended or humiliated by such comments, but playing baseball is a great learning experience and one of the many things I have learned is to leave by the wayside unnecessary comments and things that make no sense, therefore it is easy for me not to engage in any conflict in this case. A lot of baseball players nowadays are a little more connected with their emotions, and that is our style, we understand and respect that once upon a time it was different, but we live in the now.”
LOL! I love it.
I don’t have anything particularly pithy or insightful to add to it, mind you. I just love it. He’s being perfectly reasonable and polite here, and yet owning him so hard.
It’s almost like for some reason — and gee, I can’t imagine what that possibly could be! — Goose severely underestimated who he was calling a disgrace.
Kudos to Bautista for his well played restraint. Jose for President!
And, of course, the Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg tweets that back in the 70s, Gossage defended his teammate Reggie Jackson by telling reporters, “If everybody was like me, this game would be boring.” So… just when you thought this whole thing couldn’t get dumber.