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Out of Our Minds
Wednesday, January 11, 2006 3:46 PM
Kevin Salwen on Culture

If you're a baseball fan, you know that yesterday Bruce Sutter became only the 4th relief pitcher to make it into the Hall of Fame. He deserved it, changing the way pitchers are used in baseball.

At the same time, I have become fascinated by Goose Gossage, the Yankees and White Sox reliever, who in my opinion was better during that era -- but who was not voted into the Hall. Part of what I've been struck by is his candor at his disappointment. There's little 'I'm still optimistic' here, or 'the voters did their best.' Instead, he told the New York Times, 'Why would I feel good about this? Because Sutter got in, that's supposed to help me? Let me tell you, I don't have to take a back seat to anybody.'

The really compelling piece is in the Bergen (N.J) Record, whose reporter Bob Klapisch actually broke the news to Gossage. It's a classic piece of cinema verite journalism. Best line: 'It's like, by the time you finally get in, you're diminished by it,' Gossage said. 'It's just not right.'

Most industries don't have the equivalent of a Hall of Fame. How would you feel?

1 comment

Kent - 1/11/2006 5:20:55 PM
That's the problem with recognition programs/awards -- there are always worthy people who don't get them and feel slighted. And Goose should feel 'diminished' -- he's not good enough this year, but wait until there's a really weak year of candidates, and he'll get in. Gee, thanks.

Both Sutter and Goose were great. If I were a major-leaguer, though, I'd rather face Sutter than Goose. Both would get me out, but Goose might kill me!


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