Exclusive Q&A with Goose Gossage – in Monument Park

June 1, 2014 – On the day that Yankees team photographer Matthew Ziegler snapped the image of Goose Gossage that will appear on the 2014 Old-Timers’ Day commemorative cover (see blog entry directly below), I sat down with the Hall of Fame pitcher for an exclusive interview for a Q&A that will appear in the July Issue of Yankees Magazine.

The conversation took place in Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park, where, on June 22, a plaque will be dedicated to Gossage. For Gossage, the early May trip to the place where the greatest Yankees are honored, was his first.
“This is the first time I’ve seen the monuments in the new Stadium,” Gossage said. “It’s an incredible space. When I used to come out to the bullpen at the old Yankee Stadium, I would glance at the monuments, and I always appreciated how special they are. I had the privilege of playing for nine different teams but there is nothing like the history of the Yankees. When you look at all the monuments out here, it’s hard to comprehend that so many great players all played for the same organization.”

I also asked Gossage to discuss the excitement he felt when he found out about the honor of getting a plaque in Monument Park.

“It’s very humbling,” Gossage said. “I was glad that I was sitting down when I got the news because I was overwhelmed.”

At the end of the interview, I asked Gossage to share his thoughts on whose plaque he is most proud to be immortalized with.

“I would hate to slight anyone but when your plaque is going to be in the same area as Babe Ruth’s, that’s incredible,” Gossage said. “Of course, guys like Yogi [Berra], Thurman [Munson], Elston [Howard], Gator [Ron Guidry] and Whitey [Ford] are very special to me because I knew them personally.”

Enjoy the rest of the interview on the pages of the July Issue of Yankees Magazine.

–Alfred Santasiere III

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