Jeff Passan Column About Goose Gossage Blows Hot, Cold

A 98 miles-per-hour high and inside lede.

On Friday, Yahoo Sports baseball writer Jeff Passan led off his column with the following paragraph:

Goose Gossage, a giant bag of gas that somehow figured out how to grow a mustache, f-bombed his way through the landscape of modern baseball Thursday. In an interview with ESPN, he managed to deride the single best moment of the 2015 season, tie the actions of one man to the shame of an entire ethnicity, advocate for concussions, praise pitches intended to injure opponents, yearn for the days that left pitchers’ arms in shambles because of overuse and disparage people far smarter than he’ll ever be. It was a glorious festival of buffoonery.

Today, ESPN Radio host Dan Le Batard deemed this passage the greatest paragraph of sportswriting to have been written so far this year. He went a step further, hoping that one day, his tombstone will be emblazoned with some sort of similar credit that he led a “glorious festival of buffonery.”

Passan goes on in his piece to break down the Gossage ESPN interview, offering up first a “Quote” and then following that with the “Reality” that he believes contradicts what the former Yankees star said.

At the very end of the same Passan column, there is this:

If Gossage doesn’t like it anymore, he’s more than welcome to stop watching. Baseball has enough fans who are old, white men.

That final sentence is a main topic in the article comments, with many suggesting it’s a swipe of the same ilk that Passan excoriates Goosage for. A couple of sample reader reactions:

AquaBuddah: If I was the editor, I’d have sent Passan back for a rewrite in which he doesn’t stereotype people like me, old and white. We’re just like anyone else, some nice some not, some thoughtful, some reactionary. It’s not because we’re old or white or male. It’s just people.

BrettS: Good lord. Did Gossage steal your lunch money or something, Passan? This is the whiniest article I’ve seen about baseball in a long time. Any points made are overshadowed by the childish tone.

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@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.