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Gossage 'amazed' at Monument Park honor

NEW YORK -- Former New York Yankees Hall of Fame closer Rich “Goose” Gossage called being honored with a plaque in Monument Park on Old-Timers Day “the greatest day I’ve ever had.”

“Putting on the pinstripes is the closest thing I have had to an out-of-body experience,” Gossage said during his speech on the field.

“It was amazing. All the adjectives you could throw at it. I was amazed,” he later said in a news conference with reporters.

Gossage pitched in parts of seven seasons for the Yankees, compiling a 42-28 record and 151 saves with a 2.14 ERA. He won a World Series with the team in 1978.

When he was a Yankee, Gossage said his favorite day of the season was Old-Timers Day.

He got to meet his hero growing up: Mickey Mantle.

On Sunday, it was Gossage’s turn to be showed with applause and chants of “Goooooose!” from the crowd.

He even got to throw out the first pitch.

“It’s overwhelming,” he said.