Mom played ‘big’ role in Gomez’s rise to big leagues
The way Carlos Gomez tells it, his ascension to Major League All-Stardom was all part of his father’s master plan.
“”[This is] his dream, because he always wanted to be a professional baseball player, and he never got the opportunity,” said Gomez, whose dad has the same name. “He said, ‘I’m going to marry a big woman to have a big kid.’”
True story. Gomez says his dad is 5-foot-8 or 5-foot-9, and mom Belgika is at least 5-foot-11. The Brewers list Carlos Jr. as 6-foot-3.
“That’s what my dad tells me, and my mom tells me, too, ‘Your dad is lucky for me, because I’m big,’” Gomez said. “I’m the biggest guy in my family. I have a brother and a sister, and my brother is 5-foot-11 and my sister is, like, 5-foot-4. I’m 6-foot-3.”
Gomez’s father is actually in Phoenix at the moment. The two share a very strong bond, with Carlos Sr. traveling often to Milwaukee during the season and spending time in the clubhouse. Both Carlos Sr. and Belgika were able to travel to New York last July to see their son play in the All-Star Game.
Carlos Sr. was a fine shortstop and outfielder in the Dominican Republic in his day, and often has friendly arguments with his son about who is better.
“I’m the one who’s a professional, I’m the one who’s an All-Star, and every time I get a hit, in the Dominican they call me, ‘Carlos Gomez’s son,’” Gomez Jr. said with a smile. “People think my dad is the big deal when I’m the big deal.
“He always says, ‘When I was 21, I was better than you, blah, blah, blah. I say, ‘But I’m the one who’s a professional, almost eight years in the big leagues! You never made it.’ We always have that conversation. We have fun.”
My MLB.com colleague Lyle Spencer was in Brewers camp this morning for Gomez’s first meeting with reporters, and will file a story later today with much more. Check Brewers.com for Lyle’s take on one of Milwaukee’s core players.
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