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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. macjacmccoy - Feb 23, 2011 at 11:29 PM

    “Mark Buehrle *didn’t* back pedal”

  2. cur68 - Feb 24, 2011 at 12:07 AM

    Just read the Gomes’ interview with Mark Sheldon. Maybe we hung old Gomer out a bit here. I’m gonna feel real bad now when (not ‘if’) he gets nailed. Dammit! I wish I wasn’t such a milquetoast! I’m gonna feel bad no matter what now. I liked it better when Buehrle said his damn foolishness; he was accurately reported. It looks like Gomer might have been the victim of some poor journalism.

    • paperlions - Feb 24, 2011 at 7:29 AM

      Yeah, how could anyone possibly misinterpret a song sung in celebration of someone being hurt?
      Gomes is guilty of being a bit of an idiot, but that really about it.

      • cur68 - Feb 24, 2011 at 10:38 AM

        Well, I don’t know as he was singing anything to do with Wainwright. Other sources, who were as close to the action as our boy McCoy, say he wasn’t. Music form the Karate Kid may be ill advised and pretty questionable for a grown man but its hardly a reason to take a pitch to the cranium. Maybe a bitch slap but not a ball, definitely. I hope this gets sorted out and reported accurately. I’d hate for him, or any of them, to get hurt due to some reporting error or sloppiness. Actually I didn’t want to see him get hurt at all, but I thought that was what was going to happen if the report was true. I was watching when Puckett took that fastball to the head. Damn that was awful. All it takes is for one guy to get worked up over something like this, misjudge the throw and we could easily see that all over again.

  3. joepags - Feb 24, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    you know maybe these scumbag media guys would get more inside scoops and confidential sources with things if they didnt post everything that happens in a clubhouse!

  4. shawnuel - Feb 24, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Gomes is simply an idiot, which is a damn sight better than being a complete douche-nozzle

    *cough* Tony LaRussa *cough*

    • PanchoHerreraFanClub - Feb 24, 2011 at 10:06 AM

      Or a guy who ends a career with a kick to the head.

  5. Utley's Hair - Feb 24, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Okay…what happened to getting the whole story? Was it Bananarama that he was singing? Or was it “You’re the Best?” Inquiring minds need to know, ’cause “Cruel Summer” could have been alluding to the Cards season without Wainwright, and “You’re the Best” could have been a compliment.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 24, 2011 at 12:40 PM

      For whatever it’s worth…

  6. deluxreverb - May 7, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    It seems that since Hal McCoy has retired as a sportswriter he has turned into an unfair and unbalanced gossip writer. His reporting has single handedly caused the feud between the Reds and Cardinals. When Phillips tried to make peace with the Cardinal’s catcher he was apologizing for making a thoughtless remark about the Cardinals.

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