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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