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Carlos Gomez homers, gets ejected, never touches home plate

Sep 25, 2013, 7:40 PM EDT

Carlos Gomez AP

The fireworks started early at the Brewers-Braves game in Atlanta on Wednesday, with a Carlos Gomez homer off Paul Maholm in the top of the first leading to a benches-clearing incident.

Gomez and Maholm had a history, with Gomez batting .424 with two HBPs in 21 career plate appearances against the lefty. After his long homer tonight, he paused and watched, then started jawing with Maholm as he finally decided to start his trot. The conversation continued with Freddie Freeman as he rounded first, and as he turned third, he found himself a roadblock in the form of Brian McCann about 15 feet in front of home plate.

That went as well as one might expect. Gomez and McCann traded barbs and were quickly joined by a couple of Brewers and Reed Johnson off the Braves’ bench. Gomez got very angry, but he seemed more interested in finding teammates to hold him back than actually taking a swing at anyone. In the end, no blows were exchanged. Freeman was the Brave ejected, to his great surprise. The Gomez ejection went unannounced, but he didn’t take his position in the bottom of the first.

Oddly enough, Gomez never did come around to touch home plate. Since McCann obstructed him, it seems he didn’t have to.

For McCann and the Braves, it’s the second incident in a couple of weeks in which they didn’t much like someone’s actions after homering off them. The Marlins’ Jose Fernandez previously got into it with McCann and Chris Johnson.

Whether McCann started this one or not, he should have been the Brave ejected for getting in Gomez’s way. It was hard to see what Freeman did beyond some verbal jousting.

  1. kevjones75 - Sep 26, 2013 at 2:56 AM

    Braves will get bounced in the first round anyway, so the point is moot. Nice work Brew Crew. Way to take 2 of 3 down the stretch against a playoff team. I’m proud of you guys this year with all of the adversity and injuries.

    • deathtoromo - Sep 26, 2013 at 7:12 AM

      True loser speak. Your team is a laughingstock and stuck with a guy who will never be the same now that the roids are wearing off. Enjoy the cellar for the next 20 years. But since you’re a Blewers fan, you should be used to it.

  2. voteforno6 - Sep 26, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    This is at least the third time this season that this has happened with the Braves. There seems to be a pattern developing.

  3. bigdaddy44 - Sep 26, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Although I don’t like what Gomez did, why is it that the Braves are the team that keeps bringing out this type of reaction from their opponents? It is because this is the most classless bunch MFers to ever don the Braves uniform. And much like the NFL or NHL player who gets called for the retaliation penalty, most baseball fans don’t see what the Braves have done to cause such strong reactions from other teams. McCann may be the biggest hypocrite in baseball, challenging players from other teams for poor behavior, when he sits in a dugout chock full of chicken shit ahos . The Braves have always been my favorite NL team, but no more. They are now the Atlanta Chicken Shitters.

    • skids003 - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:05 PM

      Why are the Braves getting these reactions? Because they are kicking the crap out of everyone else in the East this year, and most of the rest of the league. Look at the three they got into it with. Three buttheads. There’s your answer.

  4. kalinedrive - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Freeman was probably ejected because he was the first one to charge in with a shove. Before that it was just yelling and Lucroy holding back Gomez, but Freeman initiated the contact.

  5. tgthree - Sep 26, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Can someone not interested in this comment flame war help a Braves fan understand when the Braves’ reputation actually started going downhill?

    I don’t think I’m exactly out on a limb to say that the Braves have long been generally considered a class organization, from Hank Aaron and John Schuerholz and Bobby Cox on down.

    Prior to the last six weeks, I don’t ever remember having read anything about Brian McCann being maligned for his character or attitude. (And I’m an open-minded reader of the wider baseball press, not just the Braves shills on MLB.com.) Same goes for Chris Johnson, although maybe I missed something from his pre-Braves career.

    Is this an opinion about the Braves that has developed between August 9 (the Bryce Harper incident) and now? Or did I somehow miss something before that?

    • wkb2003 - Sep 26, 2013 at 8:35 PM

      Johnson played for Houston before coming to the Braves. I don’t remember that he was any way controversial…I do remember he never competed for the batting title while with Houston.

  6. redmanrt - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Braves clearly more at fault for the ugly scene. McCann promoted himself to umpire. It would be neat if the Pirates cleaned their clock.

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