Hall Of Famer Goose Gossage Spotted At AT&T

Goose Gossage, sporting his trademark mustache, with (l-r) Gina Mercado, Joseph Mercado, Alex Rodriguez, and Wayne Mercado, signed posters for his fans during the AT&T store grand opening on Thursday, June 11 at the Bruckner Plaza Shopping Center at 1949 Turnbull Avenue. See story on Page 24. Photo by Victor Chu

One of the all-time great Yankee pitchers visited Bruckner Plaza’s new AT&T Mobility wireless store to sign autographs for fans and meet with Bronxites.

Hall-of-fame relief pitcher Rich “Goose” Gossage visited AT&T Mobility at 1949 Turnbull Avenue on Thursday, June 11. He was celebrating the grand opening of one of two new company-owned wireless stores in the borough. AT&T Mobility also opened a location at 1559 Westchester Avenue recently.

Gossage said at the store that he was humbled by the experience of being elected into the Hall-of-Fame, and that he and his family use AT&T wireless services frequently.

“I am with AT&T wireless services at home in Colorado,” Gossage said. “My wife and I have been with AT&T for three years and it has worked well for us.”

Fans were excited to see one of the all-time great Yankees, who complied 310 saves and was considered one of the premiere relief pitchers of the 1970s and 80s. Gossage was part of the 1978 World Championship Yankee team.

“I have admired Goose Gossage since I met him at Yankee Stadium in 1972,” said Gregory Robertson.

Ivan Santos came to the store to have his ticket stub from the first regular season game at the new Yankee Stadium on April 16 signed by the Yankee great. Santos is an AT&T employee.

“Goose Gossage has 310 saves and his career was definitely Hall-of-Fame caliber,” Santos said. “I had him sign my opening day ticket, right next to David Wells’ signature.”

The bilingual staff of AT&T’s newest mobility store greeted Gossage, as did AT&T’s general manager for its Bronx locations, who highlighted the store’s interactive qualities.

“The design of our new stores redefine the wireless sales experience by showcasing our extensive portfolio of advanced wireless voice and data products in an innovative way that lets customers touch and feel today’s exciting new services,” said Tom DeVito, vice president and general manager of AT&T in New York and New Jersey.

Deputy Borough President Aurelia Greene said the two new stores AT&T stores would promote economic development in the borough.

“AT&T is building a relationship with our borough, bringing economic benefits to Bronxites,” Greene said. “The borough president’s office is pleased to support any company that will create jobs and offer quality service to our residents.”

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