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Reds outfielder Jonny Gomes celebrated news of Adam Wainwright’s elbow injury

Feb 23, 2011, 4:37 PM EDT


Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News was in the Reds’ clubhouse when news of Adam Wainwright‘s injury broke this morning and described the scene, which included outfielder Jonny Gomes celebrating with a song:

Jonny Gomes walked into the Cincinnati Reds spring training clubhouse early Wednesday morning singing at the top of his warbly voice. The melody was not recognizable, but the words were plaintive: “Wainwright’s gone, Wainwright’s gone, Wainwright’s gone,” he sang joyously.


It’s tough to tell the mood or tone of something based strictly on a written report, but McCoy’s article seemingly also paints Reds manager Dusty Baker’s reaction as … well, let’s just say something Cardinals fans would probably be upset by (although admittedly that likely wouldn’t take much given the bad blood between the two teams stemming from last season’s brawl).

If nothing else, Gomes has probably earned himself a few extra hit by pitches this season.


UPDATE: Mark Sheldon of spoke to Gomes, who attempted to clarify what he feels is a misrepresented situation and said: “From the bottom of my heart, I would never wish anyone an injury.”

UPDATE II: McCoy has now pulled the story about Gomes celebrating Wainwright’s injury from his column because he feels bad about the negative attention that is heading the outfielder’s way.

I thought the Gomes thing was humorous, with no malice intended by Gomes. That isn’t Jonny Gomes. He is one of my favorite people and I would not do anything to hurt him. It seemed it was Jonny’s way of saying the Reds wouldn’t have to face one of the best pitchers in baseball and he’d never wish injury on any player.

McCoy, however, is not retracting the fact that he heard Gomes singing about the unfortunate Wainwright news. He heard it. Others in the clubhouse heard it too, including John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Gomes might not have meant for his song to come off as mean-spirited, but it’s out there now and ever-loyal Cardinals manager Tony La Russa tends to enjoy responding to such things.

The Cardinals and Reds begin their first series of the year on April 22 in St. Louis. Mark your calendars.

  1. jamool26 - Feb 23, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Jonny Gomes = totally classless……and karma is a bitch, so don’t be surprised if he goes down with an injury at some point in the near future.

  2. cur68 - Feb 23, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    Gee wiz Gomer, whyntcha paint a bullseye on that batting helmet?

  3. baseballstars - Feb 23, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    People will remember Adam Wainwright. No one will remember Jonny Gomes.

    Dusty wasn’t available for comment because he’s still trying to figure out who crapped in the dugout.

    • cur68 - Feb 23, 2011 at 4:47 PM

      After this it’ll be who didn’t crap in it after the Cards come to town.

  4. saints97 - Feb 23, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    More of the same from the Reds. I wonder if Cueto moved up in belts this offseason in Dominican jiu jitzu.

  5. Nick C - Feb 23, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    What a totally classless organization. You’ve got “lil bitch” Phillips, Cueto the Kicking Coward, and Gutless Gomes. You stay classy, Cincy.

    • Old Gator - Feb 23, 2011 at 5:46 PM

      Not to leave out Joey “won’t sign an autograph for a little kid ’cause he wore the wrong cap” Votto.

      Is this the same organization whose prior owner collected Nazi memorabilia and referred to her ballplayers as “niggers”? Naaaawwww, couldn’t be.

      • cur68 - Feb 23, 2011 at 5:52 PM

        We’re all trying to put Schottzie in the rear view mirror but, yeah, that’s the history. Man did she ever suck.

  6. mncubsfan - Feb 23, 2011 at 5:01 PM


    • spudchukar - Feb 23, 2011 at 7:25 PM

      Who are the 11, and counting, fellow commenters who found this thread deserving of a thumbs down?

      • cur68 - Feb 23, 2011 at 7:33 PM

        Whoever they are a couple of them have a thing for Schottzie. Strange old world indeed.

  7. Nick C - Feb 23, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    Carpenter is going to kill someone on that team. Votto is the only classy player on that entire team. I’m sure Dusty will eventually infect him too though.

    • Old Gator - Feb 23, 2011 at 5:47 PM

      Nope, Votto came pre-infected. See above and take a slight memory jog.

  8. seattlej - Feb 23, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    I’ve gotta imagine Hal McCoy probably isn’t going to get a lot of Cinnci players to sit down with him after publishing that…

    Totally classless? Yes. But these are baseball players we’re talking about – I’m sure equally classless things happen in every clubhouse. St. Louis fans should probably keep their mouths shut, as that organization has also had its classless moments.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 23, 2011 at 6:33 PM

      I’d imagine a lot of players wouldn’t mind to sit down with him and say “I don’t agree with Jonny’s feelings, that was out of line.”

      • seattlej - Feb 23, 2011 at 7:08 PM

        And I don’t disagree with that. But I think there’s also a large chunk of the MLB player demographic that has the same reaction as Gomes… my larger point is that there are certainly players of the same ilk in every organization. For Cardinal fans to act all high and mighty like the Cardinal organization is the height of class and civility is ridiculous. If that were the case, they would have kicked LaRussa to the curb long ago.

      • macjacmccoy - Feb 23, 2011 at 11:46 PM

        yeah they might sit down and say it to him but in reality they are just as happy about it. Do you really think Gomes who be singing that in the locker room if wasnt and excepted or common thing in baseball. And dont say maybe in Cincy it is bc thats a cop out this type of thing happens in every league and every team and in every fanbase to act like it doesnt is just naive.
        You think Redsox or Rays fans and players werent happy when A Rod had hip problems or that Braves or Mets fans n players werent happy when Utley broke a thumb or Howard twisted his ankle? Or that players from Team A (your fav team) werent happy when that player from team B (your teams biggest rival) had to go on the 30 day DL? Every1 needs to stop being so fake and high and mighty bc we all feel a twinge of relief or joy when we hear a rival isnt gonna be able to compete. As long as its not life or career threating. WhenMattStairsisKing Im not calling you out Im talking about every1 in general who acts like this is sucha horrible theng.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 24, 2011 at 10:53 AM

        I never said other players agreed with him too, boys.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 24, 2011 at 10:54 AM

        I never said other players didn’t agree with him too, boys.

  9. sportsdrenched - Feb 23, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    I might be a little off here. But I look at MLB as entertainment.

    Baseball players rejoicing at the mis-fortune of other baseball players and the all the context that goes with it is entertainning to me.

    Now, what was once a run of the mill April three game series in the NLC is something to keep an eye on.

    • cur68 - Feb 23, 2011 at 5:21 PM

      Side of Gomer’s head is something to keep an eye on.

      • sportsdrenched - Feb 23, 2011 at 5:38 PM

        That’s exactly what I’m talking about.

  10. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Feb 23, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    This HAS to be an unwritten rule we’ve seen broken by two players recently. It just isn’t cool for one pro athlete to wish injury or celebrate injury upon another pro athlete. Granted, I agree that Beuhrle had his reasons, but the comments were unnecessary. Gomes? Well he’s just being a dick, which is true to his form. The one positive out of all of this is for the Cubs. They may just see two of their division rivals kill each other on the field.

    • Utley's Hair - Feb 23, 2011 at 6:28 PM

      Crap…I agree here…Damn you, Heyward!!!!!!

    • seattlej - Feb 23, 2011 at 7:10 PM

      The Cubbies are hopeless… the real benefactor here is probably the Brew Crew.

    • spudchukar - Feb 23, 2011 at 7:19 PM

      For all my bashing of the Cub’s current collective character, they are indeed very talented. What Humpty Dumpty couldn’t accomplish, does not mean, that it is inconceivable, (The Princess Bride aside), that the boys from the Windy City could not be very competitive.

      • cur68 - Feb 23, 2011 at 7:35 PM

        You had to go and say it! Now they’re doomed…

      • Utley's Hair - Feb 24, 2011 at 12:55 AM

        Hey, cur68, spudchukar couldn’t have doomed them—he’s a potato bird, not a goat.

  11. txrangers90 - Feb 23, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    all i know is if i was playing for the reds or was a reds fan id be pretty pumped as well… all this does is add more bad blood between the teams which is good news for us as fans

    • The Baseball Idiot - Feb 23, 2011 at 5:40 PM


      • txrangers90 - Feb 23, 2011 at 6:00 PM

        why what?

  12. Panda Claus - Feb 23, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    The sales figures of Jonny Gomes voodoo dolls and life-like pinatas are on the rise in St. Louis.

    We may not have the entire context of what’s behind Gomes’ actions here, but it seems like a tasteless move at first glance.

  13. davebrownspiral - Feb 23, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Call it classless, poor sportsmanship or whatever. The fact is the ace pitcher of your division rival went down and one of the teams that you anticipate fighting all season for the division crown just got much weaker. I don’t know if I’d celebrate, but I wouldn’t be shedding any tears knowing that my team’s road to the division title and post season just got a lot easier.

    • saints97 - Feb 23, 2011 at 6:02 PM

      So you don’t see the difference in celebrating and just being internally happy that your path to a first round defeat in the playoffs just got easier?

      Of course there is an unwritten rule in all of this, but there are plenty of unwritten rules that the Reds have chosen not to follow over the last 9 months. I’m not going to indict a whole roster or anything like that, but we are starting to see a pattern here.

      • jamson64 - Feb 23, 2011 at 7:35 PM

        Saints: HE WAS in his own club house. Sheesh. Big Deal. If Phillips or Votto were hurt for the season all you “classy” Card fans would be celebrating. So really quit with the holier than thou act.

  14. brickremmington - Feb 23, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    After reading these comments I’m starting to think what Brandon Phillips said about the Cardinals is true.

    • saints97 - Feb 23, 2011 at 6:34 PM

      Do you think that the comments here are being made by actual Cardinal players, or are you too stupid to realize that Phillips was talking about the actual Cardinal players, and not some commentators at a blog?

      I’m gonna vote stupid.

      • brickremmington - Feb 23, 2011 at 6:36 PM

        Yeah Their fans are no different than the players in that aspect

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 24, 2011 at 12:27 PM

        For whatever this is worth:

  15. Maxa - Feb 23, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Hal McCoy needs to look up the definition of “plaintive.”

  16. spudchukar - Feb 23, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    As a Cards fan I am taking the high road here. Cincinnati won 6 games out of 18 against the Red Birds last year. The Reds are uniquely young and talented. Repeating is difficult. Rage is best channeled in a positive direction.

  17. spudchukar - Feb 23, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    After reading the McCoy article, nothing Gomes or Baker said is really disturbing. However, McCoy can rot in hell over the “ouchy” sobriquet.

  18. jamson64 - Feb 23, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    CARDS fans talking class? NOW THAT is funny.

    Hey enjoy the next great Yankee. You have one more year.

  19. jamson64 - Feb 23, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    So many hypocrites. Yeh you’ve never been happy when a player from another team has been hurt….sure.

    • phukyouk - Feb 23, 2011 at 7:58 PM

      yea i was so going there. i am proud to admit that when Youk and Elberry and Cameron and the rest of the Sox starting lineup went down last yr I thanked Jesus and Allah… AND IM JEWISH! all i know is that if CC or Hughes or Cano go down this season there will be alot of rejoicing in beantown. get over it. when a player on a competing team gets injured you celebrate. its part of the game. what i DONT agree with is being an asshat and being so public about it. you are a gddamn baseball player.. someone is always listening.

      • cur68 - Feb 23, 2011 at 8:09 PM

        ‘what i DONT agree with is being an asshat and being so public about it. you are a gddamn baseball player.. someone is always listening.’
        This, frankly, has been the reasonable point. Sure, be happy the opposition got some bad news. But keep it on the down low. Baker & Gomes are not rookies. They KNOW the press is there. They KNOW how this will play out. Baker is quoted as saying some pretty nice things too about Wainwright so I got less issue with him. Gomes though. Wow. That lacked class.

    • preseasonchamps08 - Feb 23, 2011 at 10:51 PM

      As a Tiger fan, I was actually disappointed that Justin Morneau went down for the year last year, as well as Joe Nathan. Of course, the Twins are a top-notch organization and they got through it anyway, but they could have been a really good team with those guys completely healthy. And yes, I realize Francisco Lariano would’ve won the Rookie of the Year in 2006 instead of our ace Verlander if he had stayed healthy. It makes me feel as though Verlander kind of lucked into that award, even though he had an amazing year.

  20. jamson64 - Feb 23, 2011 at 7:48 PM


  21. xmatt0926x - Feb 23, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    Agree that celebrating so outwardly may have been in bad taste but also agree with jamson64. There’s plenty of hypocracy going on here too. Do you think there’d be plenty of Braves players who wouldn’t get a chuckle going if tommorow Halladay or Lee broke their arm by freak injury? How about the St. Louis fans? If the Cubs were neck and neck in September and the Big Z was having a career year but went down with a year ending injury, would all of the holier than thou Cardinals fans commenting here not be giddy that their team just got a huge advantage?It’s human nature. Mind you I am not condoning singing a song about Wainwright going down but I also think people are going too far the other way acting like Gomes is Satan for what he did. Nobody should wish injury on anyone, but it’s human nature to take some pleasure in the fact that your team just got a huge break. As for the reporter who broke this? I’m guessing this is one of those things where it was assumed that it was off the record. That reporter is human waste in that clubhouse right now. Have fun walking in that clubhouse tommorow genius.

    • spudchukar - Feb 23, 2011 at 8:01 PM

      I am a Cardinal diehard, and yet I essentially agree totally.

      • macjacmccoy - Feb 23, 2011 at 11:54 PM

        thank you both of you atleast a couple people on this site have some self awareness and can be honest that they have and would take some joy in knowing that a rival wont be competing against them or there team.

  22. eknirb - Feb 23, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    I think the ump can just warn both benches now. It goes w/o saying Gomes is gonna get drilled for this. Deservedly so. Of COURSE you don’t wanna face their ace, but of COURSE you don’t CELEBRATE an injury in front of media. Dope.

  23. preseasonchamps08 - Feb 23, 2011 at 10:47 PM

    Wow, completely classless. And isn’t there something to be said for beating your opponent at their best? The state of Ohio is well-represented again as the worst state in the Union…

  24. paceamorechelle - Feb 23, 2011 at 11:20 PM

    This is sad for the simple fact it’s getting so blown out of proportion! I’m not a fan of either team, as I’m a Tiger fan, but this is ridiculous that the media is covering this. If you read the other blogs written by guys in the room at the same time, you can see how this whole thing was taken out of context. Everyone else reports Gomes was singing/humming a song from the karate kid when he walked inside. Then after seeing writers in the clubhouse asked “is wainwright gone? Wainwright’s gone?!” bc he had earlier did an interview outside and the rumor at the time was wainwright sent back to St. Louis To me I don’t see how this is Gomes celebrating an injury of another player. The media shouldn’t be able to print anything that wasn’t gathered via interview in the clubhouse! Bc this goes to show you how you can make any statement sound bad. Hal just heard tid bits and didn’t have the whole picture.

    • paceamorechelle - Feb 23, 2011 at 11:48 PM

      If anyone cares, Hal McCoy just wrote a new blog about it!

  25. macjacmccoy - Feb 23, 2011 at 11:25 PM

    Come on stop. We all are happy when we find out that an inner division rival is going to be without one of its key players. Everyone wants to be PC and say we dont wish injury on anybody but the truth is we all do. As long as its not life threating or career ending and alotta people probably wouldnt mind the latter. Does that make us horrible people no its human nature to want the team, person, family memeber etc. that your aligned with to have the best chance at success. HBT was happy that Mark Buehlre did back pedal from his orginal statement about Vick getting hurt bc he was being honest . So you shouldnt be giving a “Wow” reaction to Gomes when he is goofing around and singing bc Wainwright is out for the year. Especially bc he did it behind closed doors in the locker room and a reporter just over heard him while Buehrle volunteered out of no where his desire to watch Vick get injured to a reporter who was writing a story about him and then came out and said it again when he could have just let it pass.

    Dont get me wrong I dont have a problem with Buerhle saying what he said bc thats how all people are Im just saying it shouldnt be a schock or a wow that Gomes was happy when he heard Wainwright was out. Atleast not on HBT where Buehrle was praised for expressing his true feelings bc thats all that Gomes did on a way lesser scale.

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