Tom Gordon, on the media in New York, via the Daily News:
“I don’t want to hear about you guys missing me,” Gordon said. “That’s a lot of — after all the abuse I took from you. You guys wanted Farnsworth? You got him!”
“There was a headline,” Gordon said. “‘Not so Terrific Tom’ and it prompted all kinds of abuse. I’ve been called everything in this game. I’ve even heard (N-word) a couple of times, too. Then, after that headline, I was in the city with my kids and this fan comes up to me and says: ‘You’re worthless!’ How would you like to be told that? In front of your kids!
“No player deserves that. But, if nothing else, it made me stronger.”
“I’ll always be impressed with how that organization operates, seeing how those guys come together the way they do in New York,” Gordon said. “When it’s time to play, they play hard. That’s why I thought it was unfair how the media treated me after we lost (to the Red Sox in the ’04 ALCS). It could have been handled differently.
“Yeah, we lost, but for my kids to have to listen to that….I had to carry that with me. There were 24 other guys out there. I don’t think it was all me. I gave that team everything I had.”
Hey, Flash, do you know that you moved to the “boo” capital of the world? You better get your kids some ear plugs.