Former Padres closer Goose Gossage went on a profanity-laced tirade in a recent ESPN interview. First he blasted Jose Bautista and basically every other latin player for bringing some energy and fun to the game.
"Bautista is a f---ing disgrace to the game. He's embarrassing to all the Latin players, whoever played before him. Throwing his bat and acting like a fool, like all those guys in Toronto. [Yoenis] Cespedes, same thing."
Then he decided to tear into front office folks who employ analytics, the officiating bodies who are trying to keep the game safe for its players, and players who have been involved in PED scandal.
"It is a joke. The game is becoming a freaking joke because of the nerds who are running it.
"I'll tell you what has happened, these guys played rotisserie baseball at Harvard or wherever the f--- they went and they thought they figured the f---ing game out. They don't know s---.
"A bunch of f---ing nerds running the game. You can't slide into second base. You can't take out the f---ing catcher because [Buster] Posey was in the wrong position and they are going to change all the rules. You can't pitch inside anymore. I'd like to knock some of these f---ers on their ass and see how they would do against pitchers in the old days.
"Ryan Braun is a f---ing steroid user. He gets a standing ovation on Opening Day in Milwaukee. How do you explain that to your kid after throwing people under the bus and lying through his f---ing teeth? They don't have anyone passing the f---ing torch to these people.
"If I had acted like that, you don't go in that f---ing dugout. There are going to be 20 f---ing guys waiting for you."
Tell Davey Johnson and Earl Weaver that analytics are for nerds. Ask Ray Fosse about being tough and taking a lick at the plate. Do you want to see someone go all Juan Marichal today? Shall we run down the rosters that Goose played on and pick out the potential PED users?
I love the history of baseball. I love its traditions, and the "unspoken rules" are fun to banter about. The "unspoken rules" change over time. People change over time. We live in a world where news comes 140 characters or ten seconds at a time. Let the players have some fun, and keep the best players healthy enough to play again tomorrow. Baseball will continue long after grumpy old men run out of wind.