Gomez: ‘It’s 2014. It’s a game. Just enjoy it’

“I’ve got nothing to say because that’s in the past,” Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez told reporters Monday afternoon, referring to his role in Sunday’s throwdown with the Pirates at PNC Park. “We’ve got a game today, and it is important.”

Then he talked anyway, for about five minutes. Gomezsoftened on his stance that he would appeal any suspension. Now he wants to hear Joe Torre’s ruling first.

“To be honest, I don’t know anything,” Gomez said. “I’ve just been watching TV, and the only thing I hear is my dad and my mother talking to me. They don’t want to see something like that. I said, ‘I don’t mean to do that, but things happen in the game. We know it’s not good for baseball, but when you have 50 men outside, something can happen. It’s not like we wanted things to happen like that. It’s what it is, and we have to move. That’s in the past.”

He referenced the fact he was suspended after a similar showdown with the Braves last year, when Gomez took a long look at a home run off Paul Maholm an then shouted at Maholm on the way to first base. Gomez believes Maholm intentionally hit him with a pitch on purpose in June. After the ensuing altercation, Gomez accepted a one-game suspension and apologized.

Not this time.

“Last year was a different case,” Gomez said. “Last year, I know I didn’t start running. That’s why I apologized last year, because I disrespected the Braves. I’m not that guy. It was the heat of the moment, and I don’t try to disrespect nobody. Before everything happened [on Sunday], I’m not planning this, like, ‘OK, I’m going to hit the ball, I’m going to do this.’ It just happened like that.

“I’m not looking at anything. Ninety-nine percent of my home runs, by doubles, I don’t know where the ball lands. Ask my teammates. I ask every day, ‘Where did the ball land?’ They say, ‘Is this a joke?’ I say, ‘No, I don’t look where the ball goes.’ I don’t look at the pitchers. That’s just the way I throw the bat when I hit the ball. And I run the bases hard, like anybody, with my head down. That’s it. People say the worst stuff about things I’ve been doing for a long time. It’s not like disrespect. It’s not like I show people up. I don’t get sensitive when they strike me out. I don’t say, ‘Hey, why you throw me 98?’ ‘Why you throw me a slider in the dirt? Why you throw me a fastball in the neck?’ This is baseball.

“It’s 2014. It’s a game. Just enjoy it. Whoever does the best job in the field is the one who’s going to win games. That’s the only reason we’re here, to win games. It’s not to go fight, it’s not for complicated stuff. It’s to compete. That’s what I like to do, compete.”

Ron Roenicke talked to Gomez today.

The message, Gomez said, was “It’s OK. We know what happened. You don’t have to apologize because you didn’t start nothing.”

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1 Comment

Yes it is Carlos! (the year 2014 and a game that we should “just enjoy”)

I think guys need to relax about the “being shown up” part. Lots of guys have admired their home runs for a second or two.

That said, I can understand why Cole was upset at giving up that triple that perhaps might be caught more often than not. Should he have confronted Gomez with it? No. Case closed, move on.

Should Gomez have laughed it off? Yes. But again, it’s understandable a guy running on adrenaline might take offense to someone’s verbal attack.

But what the heck was Snider doing there? It appears to me he came over to egg Gomez into a fight. Why? In my opinion, he deserves the biggest punishment for instigating.

Should Gomez have started swinging there? No.

When you have two guys who aren’t going to back down, then a fight is going to break out. No, I don’t like it.

I’m also disappointed Maldonado threw a punch. He said he felt the need to defend his teammate. I guess I can understand that considering Snider rolled Gomez over.

I hope the suspensions are reasonable (maybe a game or two). I don’t think it’s that big of deal really. I personally don’t worry about condoning violence with the youngsters. There’s plenty of violence in the world – including sports and boxing – and each person has their own reaction to it.

I’ve never liked it, whereas it’s in some people’s nature to provoke or welcome it when the opportunity arises.

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