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Video: Carlos Gomez ends game by robbing Joey Votto of go-ahead homer

Jul 9, 2013, 12:13 AM EDT

With the Reds down to their final out tonight against Brewers reliever Francisco Rodriguez, Joey Votto sent a long drive to center field which appeared destined to fall for a go-ahead two-run homer. However, Carlos Gomez would have none of that.

Incredible. The reactions on both sides are priceless. Rodriguez has his hands on his head in shock, not unlike what he did when Luis Castillo infamously dropped a pop-fly against the Yankees in the 2009 season. Then there’s Votto, who can hardly believe that the ball was caught, asking the umpires to check Gomez’s glove. But it was real. And spectacular. What a year for Gomez so far.

  1. baseballfandrew - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Wow

  2. ilovekneegrows - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Was watching when this happened; it’s real and it’s fantastic. His breakout is taking center stage!

  3. rgledz - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Good thing Bill Smith traded Gomez for Hardy………then traded Hardy for what equates to nothing……..and they’re both all stars now. Wait……F. U. Bill Smith. Glad to see Go Go is doing well. He’s a likeable guy and has fun.

    • dondada10 - Jul 9, 2013 at 2:11 AM

      That’s tough.

      But yet when I say the Twins are the Mets of the AL I get a thousand thumbs down.

      That’s such a Mets thing to do!

      • dan1111 - Jul 9, 2013 at 6:23 AM

        Those are some bad trades, but they sure aren’t the Mets.

  4. tuberippin - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    Francisco Rodriguez be like “Gomez just saved my job.”

  5. trevor123698 - Jul 9, 2013 at 3:05 AM

    this was an easy, but difficult vatch. votto launched a moonshot that came down with some speed. the reason it was difficult was how fast the ball was coming down after how high votto smashed that ball.

    • therealbigben - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:45 AM

      your post is difficult, but easy to understand

  6. mkd - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    This is just further proof that Votto is not committed to driving in runs. Shame on him.

    • aceshigh11 - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      That “no will to win” bastard!

  7. jm91rs - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    I put the kids to bed assuming the game was over, get back to the television to learn that Votto is up with Robinson on. I know that means they have a good chance because Votto has come through in that situation before (he’s CLUTCH some would say). Then Gomez breaks my heart. I had to go get the boy out of bed just to show him how exciting that ending was. Unbelievable.

  8. stabonerichard - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Hot dang, that is your most depressing bat flip of the season.

  9. cohnjusack - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    I liked Votto emphatically insisting that they check the glove to make sure he wasn’t just faking the catch.

    …can you imagine a more ballsy/crazy move on an MLB diamond than a player pretending to rob someone of a go-head home run? His fumbled explanation to the umpire as to why there is no ball in his glove? The reaction from his teammates when they found out he faked it?

    Please, somebody….anybody, do this just one before I die.

    • DJ MC - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      There’s a story I’ve heard from the days before lights. A guy hit a deep fly ball that the outfielder went all the way to the wall to try and catch, only the light was already too dim for anyone around the infield to see the ball. When the outfielder came running in smiling, the umpires called the runner out, than called the game due to darkness.

      When the pitcher asked the outfielder for the ball when they got to the clubhouse, the outfielder grins and says, “Oh, it went WAY over the fence.”

  10. stlouis1baseball - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Thank you…Carlos Gomez.

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