Gose was confident, full of superlatives, all the while with a twinkle in his eye. Part-way through we had a flashback ... as if talking to Lloyd Moseby in 1985.
Gose scored the winning run of the Eastern League championship series with one out in the top of the ninth against Richmond in Game 4 of the best-of-five series. He singled and one out later Moises Sierra singled to right.
“I don’t know how it happened or why, but the ball got by their right fielder,” Gose said. “In my mind I wasn’t thinking going first to third, I was going to score. If (manager) Sal (Fasano) had tried to give me a stop sign I would have either ran through it or gotten hurt trying to stop — that’s how hard I was running.”
Closer Bobby Korecky slammed the door, the final out a bouncer to second baseman Callix Crabbe, and Gose was off running from centre to join the celebration on the mound.
“No way Callix was going to miss that ball,” Gose said.
Does a championship make the man? Gose will be presented with his third ring in four minor-league seasons next spring. He earned two with the Philadelphia Phillies before being acquired in the Roy Halladay deal: The first with the rookie-class Gulf Coast League Phillies in 2008, the second with class-A Lakewood the next season.
“He’s energetic, charismatic, very charismatic,” minor league field co-ordinator Doug Davis said.
How many players come in early before the final home game of the season, to thank everyone in the front office?
A graduate of the Urban Youth Academy in Compton, Calif., he stole his 70th base on the back end of a double steal, with Crabbe swiping third.
“Who knows what would have happened if he doesn’t steal it, he knew what was happening,” Gose said.
Base-running tips from instructor Justin Mayshore helped Gose go from 45-for-87 (51.7% success rate) stealing last season to 70-for-85 (82.3%) this year. So did his use of the delayed steal. Gose estimates he stole 15 bases on the delay while being thrown out twice.
“I brought that out of the bag this season,” he said. “Teams worry about you every pitch. When they don’t hear ‘RUNNER!’ or ‘HE’S GOING!’ sometimes you can catch a middle infielder or a catcher with his guard down. The first time I did it I smiled and thought: ‘I might do it again.’ ”
Gose had praise for player of the year Travis d’Arnaud, right fielder Sierra, Hechavarria (“the best defensive shortstop in the minors”), Mastroianni (“he got our team going when he arrived,”) and the young arms.
“Nestor Molina and Drew Hutchison were impressive, both work fast, throw strikes. My guess? They didn’t give up five runs ... combined, seriously,” Gose said.
Can’t wait to look that one up, we thought.
Molina allowed one earned run in five starts, pitching 22 innings, Hutchison allowed two earned runs in three starts, working 15 innings.
Hmmm, a grand total of three earned runs.
Gose knows what he’s talking about.
And people will continue to talk about Gose’s bright future.
Anthony Gose hopes some day he will play alongside Moises Sierra at the Rogers Centre.
“He’s strong as an ox, he doesn’t know how strong he is, he has a God-given talent,” said evaluator Gose. “He hit two of the longest home runs I’ve ever seen. Both at home, one off the roof of the Samuel Adams Bar and Grill patio in left against Portland, a walk-off in the 13th.
“The other against Binghamton was off the fourth floor of the Hilton Hotel in left centre and the ball was still rising.”
How many Jays farmhands have fourth-floor power?
“I don’t know if Michael Crouse or Marcus Knecht do, but they’re close,” minor league field co-ordinator Doug Davis said Wednesday of the class-A Lansing teammates. “We’ve got a few left-handed hitters: Art Charles, Kevin Patterson and Eric Arce.
“Arce may hit them the farthest and he’s 5-foot-9. He has tremendous coil and rotation.”
Charles hit 11 in 68 games at class-A Bluefield while Patterson hit 10 homers in 48 games in the Gulf Coast and class-A Vancouver.
Arce set a Gulf Coast record with 14 homers in 49 games.
LAS VEGAS SEASON LEADERS
Average: David Cooper, .364; Doubles: Cooper, 51; Triples: Brett Lawrie and Darin Mastroianni, six each; Homers: Lawrie, 18; RBIs: Cooper, 96; Steals: Mastroianni, 20; Wins: Brad Mills, 11; Saves: Danny Farquhar, 17; ERA: Mills, 4.00.
NEW HAMPSHIRE SEASON LEADERS
Average: Travis d’Arnaud, .311; Doubles: Mike McDade, 37; Triples: Anthony Gose, 7; Homers: d’Arnaud, 16; RBIs: d’Arnaud, 78; Steals: Gose, 70; Wins: Reidier Gonzalez and Henderson Alvarez, eight each; Saves: Bobby Korecky, 12; ERA: Joel Carreno, 3.41.