Gomez suspended one game, apologizes again
Center fielder Carlos Gomez was scratched from the #Brewers’ starting lineup Thursday after Major League Baseball levied a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for his role in Wednesday’s Brewers-Braves brawl at Turner Field.
“I expected that with what happened last night,” Gomez said. “It’s not good for baseball, all that’s going on. You have to take it like a man and be responsible for the stuff that I did. Just take the game today and come back tomorrow and come back tomorrow and continue to finish hard and strong.”
How much of the coverage and reaction did he watch Thursday?
“I mean, to be honest, I don’t care what other people say,” Gomez said. “I only care about my team and what happened last night and the reason why everything happened last night. I apologize to people from MLB, to my teammates, my team, the organization, to the Braves. It’s not really fun when everything happens like that. Take it like a man and come back tomorrow and continue to do business.”
Did he consider an appeal?
“I mean, what are the chances you win an appeal,” Gomez said. “I don’t want to take a chance to 2014 that I’m not in the Opening Day [lineup]. It’s better to take it now and be over, and start 2014 when everything is finished.”
Atlanta’s Reed Johnson, who stormed the field from the bench and delivered a punch to Gomez’s head, was also suspended one game. Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman and backup catcher Gerald Laird, who were ejected along with Gomez on Wednesday night, did not draw suspensions.
Gomez said he had no history with Johnson and was not sure why Johnson was particularly aggressive amid the fracas.
“I don’t even know him. I didn’t even know he was still playing,” Gomez said. “Some people try to protect his teammates. A fourth outfielder, doesn’t play every day. It’s tough when they don’t even know what happens. But it’s his team. He had to protect.”
Gomez was again asked about Braves catcher Brian McCann blocking his path to home plate after the first-inning home run that sparked the entire incident. Again, Gomez said he understood where McCann was coming from.
“He’s a team player, and he knows I overdid it a little bit,” Gomez said. “I’m not expecting any other reaction from him. You know, like i said, I apologize. I’m not supposed to go that far. I want to enjoy my home run and let them know it’s because of what happened [in June, when Braves pitcher Paul Maholm hit Gomez in the knee with what Gomez perceived to be a purpose pitch]. They know. But my emotions took [over] everything and I went far. I say I wish it was the last time and I learned [from it]. Hopefully it’s the last time it happens.”
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