Yoenis Cespedes reacts to Goose Gossage ripping him: ‘Was he a pitcher?’
Hall of Fame pitcher Goose Gossage went on a expletive-ridden rant for the ages this week when he hammered not only the “nerds” who are ruining baseball but also took Jose Bautista and Yoenis Cespedes to task for what he perceives as their showboating ways.
“Bautista is a f—ing disgrace to the game,” Gossage fumed. “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.”
While Bautista more or less diplomatically shrugged off Gossage’s caustic comments, Cespedes opted for a different route in some respects by intimating he has never heard of the pitching great.
“Was he a pitcher?” Cespedes said, via the New York Post.
The New York Mets slugger may in fact not know Gossage from Adam or maybe he was being flippant. But either way, Cespedes argued that pitchers seem to get away with more celebratory antics than hitters.
“Whenever a pitcher strikes someone out they get to celebrate, too,” Cespedes said through an interpreter. “They get to have their moment and revel in it, so why can’t the batters get a chance to enjoy their success, too? I will stick by that.”
Cespedes, who is as flamboyant off the field as he is on it, point out that his in-game celebrations are completely organic and not staged or planned.
“It just comes out in the moment when you are playing,” he said.
Cespedes added it would be a waste of time anyway to concern himself with how his actions are perceived.
“I am not too worried about what anyone says about me,” he said. “I’m just going to go out there and do my job. That is all I’m going to focus on.”
A dialogue certainly has been initiated this week concerning how a new generation of ballplayers perceive how the game should be played. Between Gossage’s profane musings and Bryce Harper scoffing at the notion that the unwritten rules of baseball must be honored, respected and followed, it appears that baseball’s new guard has its own ideas about America’s Pastime.