Who Is Goose Gossage And How Is He Connected To The Downtown El Paso Ballpark?
My husband has always wanted to be a “Fireman.”
Not the kind that puts out fires in buildings, but the kind that puts out fires in baseball games. A “Fireman,” or “Closer,” as they are called today, is a relief pitcher who enters the game in the later innings in a tight spot, with men on base, and extinguish the rally. It’s all pretty macho stuff. Sunday at the 600 ESPN Sports And Get Fit Expo, you can meet Goose Gossage, one of the best in the game, and a former San Diego Padre.
Gossage was one of the original “Firemen” back in the 1970’s, 80’s and into the 90’s. I asked Darren who he is, and listened to him describe Gossage and what he meant to the game of baseball because he listens to me talk about what Julia Child meant to cooking! Apparently, he was called “Goose” because of the way he craned his neck to get signals from the catcher while strutting around on the mound.
Gossage, now 62, played for nine Major League teams during his amazing 22-year career (1972-94), including the Yankees and the Padres (the Chihuahua’s parent club). He was on the mound an incredible seven times when his team clinched either a division title, league pennant or the World Series (1978 with the Yankees).
With Triple A baseball just days away from thowing out the first pitch in the downtown ballpark, it will be great to see one of the game’s best players at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino.