LBS- Days after going viral for ripping stat nerds and bat-flippers, the Hall of Fame reliever decided to throw the NFL’s reigning MVP under the bus.
“It’s a shame, it breaks my heart to see the direction this game is going. What, do we want a bunch of Cam Newtons running around?” Gossage told the New York Post’s Kevin Kernan.
Gossage is upset about all the players who celebrate on the field, such as Jose Bautista, whose bat flip in the playoffs became legendary. Not satisfied ripping just baseball players, he decided to go cross-sports to the NFL and blast Newton, who is a divisive player because of his celebratory ways.
Gossage isn’t alone in the way he feels. There are many sports fans who are similarly old school, and Gossage feels like he is sticking up for the old guard.
While he was at it, Gossage also explained why he doesn’t like instant replay.
“No manager can run on the field anymore and kick dirt on the umpire,” Gossage told the Post. “That was exciting. That was part of the game. That woke everybody up and everybody loved it.
“Now you sit there for five minutes and wait for a f—ing replay. And half the time, you can’t even tell.”
I am not even going to get into how ironic it is that Goose Gossage is on the verge of a heart attack due to his hatred of bat flips, but whole heartedly supports managers running out of the dugout, throwing temper tantrums, and kicking dirt on umpires. Not only does that hypocrisy speak for itself, but it's pretty much par for the course with old retired people that are looking for any reason to start every story with "Back in MY day...".
I would much rather talk about how awful Cam Newton is as a person. I mean, can you even believe this guy? Baseball used to be a gentleman's game until he came along and started celebrating after touchdowns. Pretty much sparked the entire bat flipping phenomenon all by himself. Probably hasn't picked up a baseball bat since he played TeeBall, but that doesn't mean he can't spend the offseason giving secret seminars on how to flip it juuuuust enough to get under the skin of cranky old white dudes. As if it wasn't enough that the NFL MVP was already ruining football with his orchestrated dance moves, now he has to infiltrate a league that he's not even associated with? Just creating a bunch of Dominican clones of himself and convincing them to run around the baseball diamond spreading the ways of the dab. How dare he? Before we know it he will have singlehandedly murdered sportsmanship. NBA games will begin to more closely resemble 'Dancing With The Stars'. The NHL will essentially turn into 'Disney On Ice' following every goal. Baseball will become a goddamn bat tossing contest. Forget football, he's already turned that into his own personal ballet recital. Cam Newton - with the help of instant replay apparently - is ruining professional sports, and quite possibly the world as we know it.