Being a Colorado resident, I've heard the Goose still lives out here and has a restaurant not too far from where I live in Parker, Colorado. I don't know if he's ever been back to the South Side for anything, seems to most of his old-timer type stuff is with the Yankees. Hard to blame him-- that's where his career really peaked.
But the reason for this FanPost is this:
My daughter plays on a travel softball team, and this past weekend the games were at the Goose Gossage fields in Colorado Springs, his hometown.
I thought it was interesting the fields are named 'Rick "Goose" Gossage'- so I guess that how he was known around here when he was in school or perhaps nowadays. Us old-timers remember him as "Rich" before the nickname.
It's not uncommon out here for youth sports fields to have a connection with a major leaguer. A couple of months ago my daugher played at fields Dante Bichette had sponsored. But given that there aren't many major league players to come out of Colorado (especially in his generation), he's not just a sponsor (if indeed he is a sponsor at all). He's the honoree. The Hall of Famer from Colorado, via the South Side and 8 other big league teams.
It's a pretty nice field too. Decent bathrooms and concession area. 6 fields suitable for teen girls softball or pony league boys baseball-- the fences were 225-250 depending upon the field. There is a road that goes in between some of the fields- 4 on one side and 2 on the other. And yes-- while my daughter was playing a kid hit a foul ball that nailed a car! The main drawback at the park is the lack of warm-up space-- many teams hit the soccer fields a few blocks down the street for warmups.
Anyway-- I just had to share about the park after having been there.