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Carlos Gomez’s home run reaction caused a benches clearing confrontation against the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night. Warning: Be prepared for an angry rant about a stupid decision from a not-so-smart baseball player. Before reading this, make sure to watch the video (courtesy of mlb.com) of what happened. http://wapc.mlb.com/play/?content_id=30950699&topic_id=11493214 Wednesday night Brewers outfielder, Carlos Gomez, hit a home run off of Braves pitcher, Paul Maholm and proceeded to go nuts. As soon as he hit the 0-1 pitch from Maholm, he did his bat flip, stood in place, and pimped his home run. That alone is frowned upon in baseball, but to then run your mouth at the pitcher, first baseman, second baseman, shortstop, and third baseman as you round the bases? That is way over the top. Apparently, Gomez was sour about getting hit by a Maholm pitch back in June. I understand the unwritten rule in baseball of storing something away for the future, but there are two factors going against his theory: He has no proof or reason for getting hit “on purpose” back in June. Getting hit by pitches happens. No pitcher is perfect and has perfect control for all of his pitches. If the Braves were to have hit him on purpose back in June, would they really have chosen to do it with their pitcher who throws in the mid-80′s? When a team is planning on hitting a player, they will bring someone in to hit him in the back with a mid-90′s mph fastball, not an 87 mph fastball to the lower leg. There is no place in baseball for this kind of stupid act. Freddie Freeman said it best as Gomez was rounding first base (listen closely and you might be able to hear it) when he said, “Act like you’ve done it before.” Baseball, just like every other sport (maybe more so than others), has unwritten rules that everyone understands. One of these rules is to not show up the pitcher on a home run. Again, Gomez pimping the home run is one thing. That happens on every team. Justin Upton has done it plenty of times. The breaking point was Gomez chirping the whole trip around the bases at Maholm. Brian McCann was completely correct to meet Gomez about a third of the way up the third base line and confront him. Mac is the leader of this team, and the protector of his pitching staff. He knew what Gomez did was beyond wrong and was not going to put up with it. The big thing is that he approached it the right way. The video shows that McCann confronted Gomez with his hands down, almost behind his back, just wanting to yell and Gomez and make sure he knew what he did was wrong. Still think what McCann did was wrong and that somehow Gomez is not at fault in this? Watch the video again and answer two questions. The first is why the Brewers third base coach did not high-five or acknowledge Gomez as he rounded third base. He does nothing but stand there. He knew Gomez was wrong and knew exactly what he had coming, and did nothing. The other is why did the home plate umpire not stop/restrain/move Brian McCann out of the way when he was moving up the third base line? He knew exactly what was about to happen and let it go. He stood and watched as McCann got in Gomez’s face and did not let him touch the plate. The fun twist to this is that the Braves and Brewers open up the 2014 regular season against each other in Milwaukee. Look for Gomez, if he is still around, to get plunked in that series. This time, it will be on purpose and will not be from a soft-throwing lefty. My bet will be on Julio Teheran putting a 95 mph fastball right between his numbers. We all know Teheran is not afraid to plunk a hitter and stick up for his teammates. Just ask Bryce Harper and his arrogant, cocky self. But that is a whole other story in itself. The post Carlos Gomez Goes Insane appeared first on The Farm Club.
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