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Ramsey: Happy birthday to the Springs own Goose Gossage

Published: July 5, 2014, 8:43 am, by David Ramsey

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Richard “Goose” Gossage offers a lesson for all of us today, his birthday.

Restraint is not always the best policy.

Goose takes chances. He speaks his mind. He challenged hitters. He challenges himself. He refuses to be ruled by fear. When he walked to the mound, often facing a terrifying jam, he walked boldly, full of courage, fully ready to challenge the batter he was about to face. He worked quickly, another lesson for today’s slow-as-hell pitchers.

He worked his way straight into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

He was born here, and he still lives here. He began his baseball career playing Little League in the Springs.

On Goose’s birthday, take a minute to embrace his spirit. Take a chance. Do something bold. Surprise yourself.