Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!
And according to [Rich] Gossage, the 2012 Yankees didn’t have a clue.
“I’ve never seen a team of great players, or at least `name’ players fall apart like they did in the playoffs. I’m just shaking my head,” Gossage told the Bird. “I’m shocked as I’m pretty sure they’re shocked. I’ve never seen a whole lineup go into a slump as they did. I didn’t think there was a great urgency in their demeanor, in the dugout or anywhere else. I didn’t see anyone throw a helmet or break a bat or anything. It just didn’t seem like there was any urgency.”
The Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles — barely — in the American League Divisional Series, but that lack of offense that first appeared against the O’s doomed them against the Detroit Tigers in the ALCS. Alex Rodriguez had just three hits in 25 total postseason at-bats and was benched. Robinson Cano had three hits in 40 at-bats. Curtis Granderson went 3-for-30 and Nick Swisher just 5-for-30. As a team, New York hit .188 in the postseason and just .157 in the ALCS, scoring six runs.
And watching from his television set in Colorado Springs, Colo., Gossage couldn’t believe what he was seeing.
“It just didn’t seem like the enthusiasm as a team was there,” he said. “I saw him (Rodriguez) smiling a lot in the dugout and just kind of nonchalanting everything … he wasn’t acting like a real team guy. I just didn’t like the demeanor of the whole team. (Nick) Swisher was smiling and laughing … I wanted to see somebody fire a bat at something or have someone get in someone’s face once in a while. That’s what you need sometimes.”
Like the treatment that Gossage — or any other Yankee player got — when a teammate or teammates didn’t think that player was giving his all.
“When I was a young kid and you did something out of line, you might as well not go back into the dugout because there were going to be about 10 guys waiting for you,” Gossage said. “That’s why you never pulled the crap that they pull now. If you don’t run out a ground ball … I’ll tell you, money is dictating the way these managers and the front office are treating these guys. I don’t see anyone getting on anybody because they’re afraid. They’ve got so much money tied up in these guys that if they get on him, he’s going to go in the tank. It’s a disservice. It’s tough love, that’s what it’s called; that’s not happening anymore.
“(Derek) Jeter’s the captain and I think it’s up to Jeter a lot of times to shake things up and I don’t know if they didn’t do that, maybe they did. I’m not there and I’m not hands-on, but somebody needed to put a foot up everyone’s (butt) and get them going.”
Gossage said he was glad he got to play “the old-school way.”
“Managers weren’t afraid to get into someone’s face,” he said. “Today, these guys (managers) tip-toe around these players because they’re making so much money. Back in the day, no one was afraid … Billy (Martin) wasn’t, George wasn’t, Thurman (Munson) wasn’t.
“… I’ll tell you something that’s missing in the game today, there’s no one passing the torch to tell these young kids how to act. I see certain things on the Yankees, guys not wearing hats, guys pulling stuff that never would have been pulled when George was around. You acted like a Yankee. We set the tone. We were a classy organization and a classy bunch of guys and I think that’s something that’s slipping through the cracks with the Yankees and with a lot of ball clubs across the board. No one’s passing the torch.”
But, what about HOPE WEEK!?!?