On the same day Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper was celebrated by fans for taking stand against baseball's silly unwritten rules, Hall of Fame pitcher Goose Gossage ripped Jose Bautista for flipping his bat and condemned the "nerds running the game" in an expletive-laced rant.
In a wide-ranging interview with ESPN, the 64-year-old criticized modern relievers for pitching fewer innings than he did, railed against Ryan Braun and other steroid users, and blasted baseball executives who rely on analytics.
"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 [expletive] they went and they thought they figured the [expletive] game out. They don't know [expletive].
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A bunch of [expletive] nerds running the game. You can't slide into second base. You can't take out the [expletive] catcher because [Buster] Posey was in the wrong position and they are going to change all the rules.... I'd like to knock some of these [expletive] on their [expletive] and see how they would do against pitchers in the old days."
Gossage also shared some harsh words for Toronto Blue Jays star Jose Bautista, who electrified baseball with a colossal bat flip in Game 5 of a thrilling ALDS last year.
"Bautista is a [expletive] disgrace to the game," Gossage told ESPN. "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."