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Nobody interviews me unless I get my brains beat in. That means I get interviewed, what, about 45 times a year?

Michael Dwain "Mike" DeJean
Colorado Rockies
Relief Pitcher

Hate is a good thing, as long as you keep it under control. When it comes out anger, you lose.

Alan Thomas "Al" Hrabosky
St. Louis Cardinals
Relief Pitcher
a.k.a. "The Mad Hungarian"

I had set the standard for my style of relief pitching so high that when I came back to the rest of the pack, everybody said I was done. I was so aggressive on the mound and thought I could throw the ball by anyone. I was so high up there in terms of how I went about my job and being overpowering.

Richard Michael "Goose" Gossage
New York Yankees
Relief Pitcher

The first year was weird. I knew I was just there to talk to pitchers and not step on any toes. I could feel my adrenaline start to flow in about the sixth inning. I had to tell myself, "What the hell are you getting excited about? You're not going anywere, big boy. Just go sign some autographs." I was still programmed.

Describing his first experience as a coach in the bullpen

Richard Michael "Goose" Gossage
New York Yankees
Relief Pitcher

Now you've got the long reliever, the middle man, the set-up man, the short man, the stopper, whatever you want to call it, guys who just pitch one inning at a time. I came in with Gaylord Perry winning by a run and saved 14 of his 15 games. I was pitching four of five innings sometimes. There was no such thing as a set-up man. I was my own set-up man.

Comparing the 2001 relief pitching landscape with the late 1970's

Rollie Fingers
San Diego Padres
Relief Pitcher

I focus on making that one pitch. That's what I tell myself, "One pitch." You can't worry about the next one. Even with a good hitter, he'll get out seven times out of ten. I want to make sure that this is one of those seven.

Describing his passion for protecting a one-run or two-run lead when one pitch can make all the difference

Tom "Flash" Gordon
Chicago Cubs
Relief Pitcher

Hitting in a game is no different than hitting in a home run contest. It pisses me off to say Barry Bonds is the greatest hitter. He's playing in a wussy era. The game is soft. You never get thrown at today. Last thing a hitter has to worry about today is getting hit. The first thing Hank Aaron had to worry about is: Am I going to survive this at-bat because I'm black.

January 11, 2006
Richard Michael "Goose" Gossage
New York Yankees
Relief Pitcher

I've got my master's degree in marketing, and I don't suppose my professors would give me high marks for opportunism, with so much being offered for the ball. But I'm not at all sorry. What made it worthwhile was what I saw when I ran in with the ball holding it in my gloved hand, running really fast -- in fact my teammates joked afterward that it was the fastest I'd run in a couple of years -- really just wanting to get rid of it, to put it in Henry's hand. In that great crowd around home plate I found him looking over his mother's shoulder, hugging her to him, and suddenly I saw what many people have never been able to see in him -- deep emotion. I looked and he had tears hanging on his lids. I could hardly believe it. "Hammer, here it is," I said. I put the ball in his hand. He said, "Thanks, kid," and touched me on the shoulder. I kept staring at him. And it was then that it was brought home to me what this home run meant, not only to him, but to all of us.

On catching Hank Aaron's record-breaking 715th home run ball in the Braves bullpen

Thomas Ross "Tom" House
Atlanta Braves
Relief Pitcher

When I'm on the road, my greatest ambition is to get a standing boo.

Alan Thomas "Al" Hrabosky
St. Louis Cardinals
Relief Pitcher
a.k.a. "The Mad Hungarian"

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