Hall of Famer Rich "Goose" Gossage was in Chicago last weekend as the White Sox honored members of their 1972 team prior to Sunday's series finale with the Brewers. As Gossage was doing interviews at U.S. Cellular Field, White Sox bench coach Mark Parent brought Reed over for a brief chat.
"I'd never met him before," said Reed of Gossage. "I know about him. I know everything he has done. It was awesome talking to him."
"He came up and introduced himself to me," Gossage said. "He seems like a great kid, and boy, I wish I was starting my career out again."
Gossage pointed out that when he was "closing," he was really just a reliever who might come into the game in the sixth or seventh inning and work all the way until the end. Now, a four- or five-out save has become a rarity for closers.
"What they are doing, I think, is the way the relievers should be used," Gossage said. "Maybe they use them too exclusively in that ninth-inning role. What's wrong with bringing him in once in a while in the eighth inning and getting a couple of outs? But the setup guys have become such an important part and taking that workload off that closer so he can be fresh every game."
As for advice imparted by the man with 310 saves to the rookie who picked up save No. 11 on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium, Reed said it was very straightforward.
"Just go out there and don't give the other team too much credit," Reed said. "Don't be friendly. Go out there and get after them."