Sitting in the third base dugout watching batting practice last week at Legends Field in Tampa, the spring training home of the Yankees, Goose Gossage was asked which pitcher in the game today reminds him most of himself.
The Hall of Fame’s newest member wasted little time answering.
“I think (Jonathan) Papelbon,” Gossage said. “I think he’s the best closer in the game today. Mariano (Rivera of the Yankees is) still a great closer, but I think the way (Papelbon) goes about it, he’s probably the best.
“When they said they were going to put him in the rotation last year, I just started laughing. I said they’re never going to put him in the rotation. He’s too valuable. Guys like him only come along once in a blue moon. So it was comical.”
I guess Goose has never met Takashi Saito.
Yes, I’m kidding – sorta/kinda. Seriously, Papelbon (as much as I cannot stand him) has a claim, sure. But, couldn’t Gossage play some favorites here and throw Mariano a bone? Let’s see Papelbon do “it” for 5 years in a row before we fit him for a crown or something, OK?