Carlos Gomez home run prompts bench clearing brawl

Once again, the Braves have their knickers in a twist over a feud they started

9/26/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Blog Photo - Carlos Gomez home run prompts bench clearing brawl

Remember when Jose Fernandez pimped his home run a bit against the Braves, causing Chris Johnson and Brian McCann to take it personally, even though their own Evan Gattis had done the same thing earlier in that very game?

Well, they're at it again, this time with Carlos Gomez making quite the scene following a home run off Paul Maholm.

Gomez was upset about a HBP from Maholm earlier in the season, and was determined to show him up.

He definitely did that, with a bomb off of Maholm, followed by a bat flip and then a quite deliberate waltz around the basepaths, jawing at each player on his way around.

Braves catcher Brian McCann stepped between Gomez and home plate, not allowing Gomez to touch the plate as they jawed for a bit.

Once again, McCann comes off as an enormous douchebag, going way too far over the line in reaction to something that could have been taken care of with a simple beanball later in the game.

The Braves have shown themselves to be a rather emotional team, probably too much so. In an effort to protect the precious unwritten rules of the game, they've come off as particularly sensitive and it really just looks like peacocking, since MLB "brawls" are really nothing but slightly intense arguments with lots of participants.

Hopefully the Braves can relax a bit before the playoffs.

Check out the video of last night's brouhaha:

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9/27/13   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Gomez should have smashed into McCann. Should have hit him like James Harrison, with the crown of the helmet right in McCann's jaw.

9/27/13   |   kobe_lova   |   61572 respect

So, I just watched that vid because this conversation seems odd to me, this stuff always happens in baseball plus the headline of this article, hmm. After watching, I think what happened should have happened. B****, run, don't be a ***t. Pitcher just told him to run, and then c*** continued to talk all the way around the bases? I like the reaction, myself. It was disrespectful. When they showed it that 3rd time, Gomez seemed to backing up a lot and only ran towards anything when his teammates were holding him. That tickled me. I really don't know why y'all are discussing this unless it's about him not being allowed to touch the plate (I prob would've done the same) and a suitable punishment for it. Really...he didn't even try to touch it. He was yapping. Knock his ass over or step around and touch it first. Gomez talks too much. I just met him and I don't like him. Go Atlanta.

9/26/13   |   kantwistaye   |   4211 respect

hskrdave wrote:
You mean yelling and talking crap as he is circling the bases?  I guess that isn't wrong but then if that is the case what does any jawing by anyone cause problems, or being wrong?

To me it looks like Gomez starts jawing at Maholm as soon as he it hits it.  I won't lie, the Braves escalated it. McCann, as much as I like him sticking up for Maholm, should have just let Gomez by.  But in my opinion, based on what Gomez said about being intentionally hit back in June, the way he reacted after his swinging strike, and how everybody's jawing escalated, he could have been the bigger man, and didn't.
 

Sure, but all Gomez did was admire his home run, for admittedly a decent amount of time.  If that's all it takes to set off the Braves I can't wait to see them have to take on the Dodgers.  After that Gomez got jawed at two different times before responding, which for the most part looked like him explaining why he admired his home run, though probably not in the politest of ways. 

As for McCann.. he actually interfered in the playing of the game. No one else had until then. How he's gone without punishment stuns me.

9/26/13   |   hskrdave   |   10553 respect

kantwistaye wrote:
First of all, the video shows the Braves yelling first with at least two separate guys. And, uh, where exactly in your first paragraph does Gomez do anything wrong?

You mean yelling and talking crap as he is circling the bases?  I guess that isn't wrong but then if that is the case what does any jawing by anyone cause problems, or being wrong?

To me it looks like Gomez starts jawing at Maholm as soon as he it hits it.  I won't lie, the Braves escalated it. McCann, as much as I like him sticking up for Maholm, should have just let Gomez by.  But in my opinion, based on what Gomez said about being intentionally hit back in June, the way he reacted after his swinging strike, and how everybody's jawing escalated, he could have been the bigger man, and didn't.
 

9/26/13   |   kantwistaye   |   4211 respect

hskrdave wrote:
You mean the Gomez who said he was intentionally beaned and had a chip on his shoulder?  The one who looked like he got royally dissed when he whiffed on the first pitch?  The one who basically shut the entire Braves team up with his blast, all he had to do was circle the bases, but decided to start yelling at everyone instead?  Yeah.

The Braves apparently aren't having the banner year with people homering off them, but no matter how much jawing is going on, Gomez had no reason to react like that after hitting the home run.

First of all, the video shows the Braves yelling first with at least two separate guys. And, uh, where exactly in your first paragraph does Gomez do anything wrong?

9/26/13   |   hskrdave   |   10553 respect

kantwistaye wrote:
You mean the team that beaned Gomez, had McCann jawing with Gomez prior to the at bat, had McCann and Freeman jawing with him prior to Gomez saying a thing on the base paths had nothing to do with this? Really?

I'm not saying Gomez is completely innocent, but the only reason this escalated at all is because the Braves were involved. 
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You mean the Gomez who said he was intentionally beaned and had a chip on his shoulder?  The one who looked like he got royally dissed when he whiffed on the first pitch?  The one who basically shut the entire Braves team up with his blast, all he had to do was circle the bases, but decided to start yelling at everyone instead?  Yeah.

The Braves apparently aren't having the banner year with people homering off them, but no matter how much jawing is going on, Gomez had no reason to react like that after hitting the home run.

9/26/13   |   kantwistaye   |   4211 respect

hskrdave wrote:
No way this is on the Braves.

You mean the team that beaned Gomez, had McCann jawing with Gomez prior to the at bat, had McCann and Freeman jawing with him prior to Gomez saying a thing on the base paths had nothing to do with this? Really?

I'm not saying Gomez is completely innocent, but the only reason this escalated at all is because the Braves were involved. 

9/26/13   |   hskrdave   |   10553 respect

No way this is on the Braves.

9/26/13   |   Phillygenius82   |   237 respect

Gomez should have run him over (impeding his progress to the plate). McCann and Reed Johnson should have both been tossed instead of Freeman.  

9/26/13   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   25156 respect

Gomez was a jagoff in this situation, but Brian McCann once again comes across as clown shoes.

9/26/13   |   Scott   |   52920 respect

I'll give you the Jose Fernandez incident was blown out of proportion by the Braves but I can't see how the they are to "blame" for what happened last night.  Had Gomez just hit the home run, flipped the bat, admired it for a bit and just ran around the bases, then a simple bean ball would have sufficed in the next at bat.  Instead, Gomez stares down the pitcher before, during and after the at bat and after hitting the home run, immediately starts screaming and taunting Maholm and the Braves infield as makes his home run trot.  I'm guessing there would've have been 31 other catches who would've done the same thing had a player did what Gomez did last night.

The common theme in all of this is Carlos Gomez.  If there was anybody who was a douchebag, it was Gomez...and this is coming from a guy who doesn't really like the Braves.