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Mike Gonzalez apologizes for beaning that left Chris Dickerson with concussion

May 20, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

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Mike Gonzalez sought out Chris Dickerson prior to yesterday’s game, apologizing to the Yankees outfielder for hitting him in the helmet with a pitch Wednesday night and asking how he was physically after suffering a concussion:

I just wanted to make sure that he was OK. Obviously, it wasn’t my intention. I wasn’t trying to hit the guy. I felt a much better peace of mind when I got to talk to him. He understood the whole situation. He said that he knew I wasn’t trying to hit him. That means the world to me. When I saw him out there walking around, I was very happy with it.

Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that the two payers hugged, so clearly there isn’t any bad blood, and Dickerson is hopeful that he can avoid the disabled list and possibly be available as soon as tonight.

Gonzalez was immediately ejected from the game and could be facing a fine or suspension. “I’m definitely going to fight it,” the reliever told Zrebiec. “That was uncalled for. Anybody watching that game is going to know that there was no intention there.”

  1. randomdigits - May 20, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    It was a rookie ump and yea Gonzo wasn’t trying to hit him, Gonzo just isn’t very good right now.

  2. atworkident - May 20, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Gonzo should fight any suspension.

    His evidence…

    1. he’s not a good pitcher (ask fans of the Orioles, Braves, Pirates)
    2. he threw the previous pitch way outside (had he been a lefty he would have hit him)
    3. Wieters called for the same pitch (he over corrected by 3-6 feet, see point #1)
    4. Bergesen’s first inning the next day (Orioles pitchers can’t throw strikes)

    … also the very next game.

    Amaury Sanit hit Brandon Snyder AFTER both benches were warned and the umpire didn’t bother ejecting him.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 20, 2011 at 2:56 PM

      Snyder leaned into it.

    • jimbo1949 - May 20, 2011 at 5:28 PM

      Bergesen hits Cano in the top of the 1st, Sabathia hits Markakis in the bottom. All is right and good and even.

      NYT Bats Blog yesterday had a commenter claiming video evidence that Showalter ordered the hit on Dickerson. There wasn’t a photo of said commenter’s aluminum foil helmet.

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