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Benches clear in Pittsburgh after the Brewers’ Carlos Gomez bat flips a third-inning triple

Apr 20, 2014, 3:07 PM EST

A pretty vicious brawl just went down at PNC Park after Carlos Gomez of the Brewers went into home run celebration mode after slugging a Gerrit Cole pitch to the top of the center field wall …

Lots to dissect in the aftermath. Cole walked over to Gomez at third base and began jawing at him. Gomez left the bag and began jawing back, then chucked his helmet at Travis Snider. Martin Maldonado appeared to land the biggest punch. Ryan Braun and Andrew McCutchen seemed to want no part in the fracas.

Gomez and Snider were both ejected from the game, and Gomez is probably facing a suspension.

Happy Easter Sunday, everybody.

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  1. commonsenseisnotcmonman - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    I know Carlos Gomez has acted like a crazed nutjob in the past (ex Atlanta last year), but the only thing he was guilty of this time is thinking a triple was a homerun, and he booked once he realized it.

    Apparently Gerrit Cole is a historian of unwritten rules and let Gomez know of his error.

    • jjschiller - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:20 PM

      Because he didn’t do the exact same thing Cole was doing (jawing) and then leave his base and turn it in to a scene, then push an umpire, and THEN throw his helmet at somebody.

      Because he didn’t do any of those things, the only thing he was guilty of was thinking his flyball was a homer.

      • commonsenseisnotcmonman - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:22 PM

        again, if Cole doesnt say anything, none of those happen. Unless you believe Gomez was going to do all those things you mentioned anyway.

        But kudos to Cole for upholding the “integrity” of the game and not instigating a known crazy person.

      • Wesley Clark - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:33 PM

        Cole doesn’t run his mouth and none of this happens. But let’s just gloss over that. Gomez is in the wrong because of “unwritten rules” or some other nonsense.

      • tablescrappy - Apr 20, 2014 at 5:08 PM

        Speaking of leaving the base (and I apologize if someone else has pointed this out already), Gomez did not ask for time before coming off the bag. Would’ve been nice to see Cole drop a tag in him there. Also would’ve been a much better f-u for pimping the non-homer.

      • voteforno6 - Apr 20, 2014 at 5:20 PM

        I’m sure Commissioner McCann would disagree with you.

      • jjschiller - Apr 20, 2014 at 8:48 PM

        commonsense and Wesley, you’re both arguing this sideways.

        Cole felt disrespected by Gomez, so, in so many words, he told him to go f*** himself.

        Gomez at that time has a litany of responses available to him, the most benign being to ignore him and know he just won. Of, if that’s too “big” for him, he could respond in kind “YOU go f*** YOUR self.”

        The choice he made was to escalate immediately to a physical altercation, push an umpire, and throw his helmet at somebody.

        No matter what words Gerrit Cole used, an argument can’t be made that he “forced” Gomez to act like a raving lunatic. That was the choice Gomez made. You can say “If Cole doesn’t say anything, Gomez doesn’t do anything,” but that’s true of all kinds of situations and doesn’t erase culpability.

        If someone cuts you off in traffic, and you flip them off, they aren’t free from culpability if they run you off the road. They can’t tell the cop “He flipped me off, so I inflicted bodily harm.” Well, they can say it, but they’ll still go to jail. You can say that you should have known better, been bigger, let it roll of your back, and decide to make more passive choices in the future… but can you not say the same about Carlos Gomez? How does that free him of his culpability? That’s just a crazy way of looking at the world. Of COURSE Carlos Gomez is responsible for the way he acted.

      • scatterbrian - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:21 PM

        Spot on jjschiller

    • crimson428 - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      Gomez is the common denominator here. I still get a kick out of his chicken**** strategy of starting a brawl then being hilariously held back.

      • commonsenseisnotcmonman - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:25 PM

        that was hilariously funny, and I agree in most cases the guy is wacko. Im just saying in this case he goofed, and then got stirred up, of course hes going to react like that…dude is crazy.

  2. nottinghamforest13 - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Gomez is a scumbag.

  3. jackrabbitz - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    How does cole stay in the game? His mouth started this.

    • futuisflyers - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      By not engaging physically..

    • hockeyfan91 - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:12 PM

      Mostly because Cole didn’t do anything to warrant an ejection. He didn’t throw any punches, push an umpire, or throw a helmet at anyone.
      These are the same reasons that Gomez will be suspended and Cole will still be available for the Pirates.

  4. nuggets43 - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Latin players need to learn the way to play

    • mkd - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:40 PM

      Gomez swung bat, hit the ball, then ran around the bases Pretty sure that’s the way to play baseball. What way are you talking about?

    • cohnjusack - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:42 PM

      Niiiiice!

      As I’ve totally never seen any black or white players flip their bats…

  5. tfbuckfutter - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    I wish all the unwritten rules enthusiasts played on the same team.

    They’d be so easy to beat. Everyone would be ejected by the 4th inning.

    • tfbuckfutter - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      Seriously. Think about it. If the opposing pitcher is throwing a perfect game, you just plunk someone. Boom, perfect game gone the next inning.

      Then you square up to bunt with the next batter, and it ends up with 14 of their guys getting suspended.

      • padraighansen - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:49 AM

        well played. And accurate, as well.

  6. huskerguy - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Just play the game. Keep your mouth shut.

  7. fat4jc - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Pretty hilarious to pose for a triple.

    • scatterbrian - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      Ironically if had run hard out of the box he might have had a home run.

  8. Wesley Clark - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    So if I understand the “unwritten rules” correctly, it is 100% OK for a pitcher to walk towards a batter and tell him to go F$%^$ himself, or whatever…..but the minute the batter takes offense he is in the wrong? It was really classy of Gerrit Cole to start this fracas and then run to the back of the crowd. Just remember that Carlos Gomez is the scumbag here.

    • cohnjusack - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:46 PM

      Douchiness rank:

      #1. Throwing punches after someone yells something at you
      #2. Yelling at a player for bat-flipping a triple
      #3. Flipping your bat and jogging on a ball that didn’t actually even leave the park.

      It appears Gomez and Cole were competing in a game of douchebag oneupmanship. Carlos won.

  9. phillysports1 - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    It doesn’t matter what carlos did. Stop worrying about him and say something about cole. He went to Gomez to start a fight, and all sudden Gomez is a scumbag? Wow you guys are sick; what a shame.

  10. chip56 - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    It’s not really an unwritten rule so much as it is Cole being angry at a hitter profiling against him. And you can’t really get on Gomez. He comes from a different culture and grew up with very little (or does that only count when explaining why Puig acts like a tool)

    • unclemosesgreen - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:39 PM

      For a half-intelligent person you sure do have a persistent habit of getting it totally wrong.

  11. danh35 - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    I don’t get why Cole was so mad anyway. If Gomez hustles out of the box instead of posing, it’s an inside the park homerun. Cole should be happy that Gomez’s showboating prevented a run from being scored off of him.

  12. musketmaniac - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    They are baseball players neither could whip there way out of a wet paper bag

  13. phillysports1 - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    @nuggest43 says :
    “Latin players need to learn the way to play”

    Latin’s know how to play the game. Dominican Republic just capture the world baseball classic tittle. Did USA win anything ? NO. How dare you say something like that ? Don’t let Puig and Gomez aggressive attitude make latin baseball players look bad.

  14. doctorofsmuganomics - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Cole is a punk

    • pittsburghmohawk - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:42 PM

      That must make Gomz a douchebag.

      • doctorofsmuganomics - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:53 PM

        well naturally

        …I may need to get my joke font re-evaluated.

  15. paperlions - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    This is just 100% stupidity. It was dumb for Gomez to go into a trot. It was dumb for Cole to think he needed to say something to Gomez. It was dumb for Gomez to give a crap about Cole’s opinion. Just a whole lot of nonsense.

    • cohnjusack - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:49 PM

      It’s important to note that both people involved in this situation are millionaire’s who have been playing organized at some level baseball for a looong time. Amazing that their pride can still be so wounded over something so friggin stupid.

    • padraighansen - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:50 AM

      100% agree

  16. jdrew506 - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Like it or not, the “unwritten rule” that Cole was mad about was the fact that Gomez posed and the started a homerun jog until he realized it was not going out, then he started to run. Cole took exception to that and said something that set Gomez off. I am not saying Who is in the wrong here just pointing out what actually started the whole thing.

    • padraighansen - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:52 AM

      If you think Gomez “posed” longer than any other other player for any other team, get over it. I’m a Red Sox fan, but Papi poses on every bomb – whether it goes out or not. Hell, I’ve seen McCann pose many times over the years. Not excusing Gomez’s reaction to Cole’s trash talking, but let’s have a little perspective here.

  17. frankenderek - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Let me clarify this for all of you:

    1) Cole was upset with how Gomez reacted to a hard hit ball. Baseball is a gentleman’s game. You respect your opponent when you do well against him, because maybe the next time Cole strikes him out. Would Gomez want Cole to throw his fist in the air and yell out a primal scream? No. So don’t flip your bat and strut when the ball isn’t clearing the fence.

    2) Cole was wrong to jaw with Gomez. If you’re upset with how a player showboats, during your next matchup, brush him back with a fastball. Old school says hit him, but it’s too big of a game now to endanger someone’s career like that.

    3) Gomez WAY OVERREACTED to what happened. There’s no need to throw helmets or throw punches. If Cole says something, just jaw right back and say that you just smacked a ball for a triple. No need for violence.

    End result: No one was right, but Cole just talked a little trash, Gomez got violent. Therefore: Gomez is a scumbag.

  18. mundial8 - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Who does Carlos Gomez think he is? T-Rex Pennebaker?

  19. babyfarkmcgeezax - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Guaranteed blog post coming tomorrow from Calcaterra about how Gerrit Cole is a racist

    • Wesley Clark - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      Much the same way we can guarantee a nonsensical low class response from you.

      • babyfarkmcgeezax - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:34 PM

        Better than a nonsensical blog entry that smacks of self-importance or a pathetic knight in shining armor Calcaterra lapdog such as yourself whose skin is so thin you take criticism of Craig worse than you would that of your own child

      • Wesley Clark - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:53 PM

        Eh. You can bag on my kids all you want (hint: I don’t have any). I just find it kind of annoying that if someone has a problem with the writing on a blog they A) Continue to read it and B) Bitch about it incessantly.

      • cohnjusack - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        Better than a nonsensical blog entry that smacks of self-importance or a pathetic knight in shining armor Calcaterra lapdog such as yourself whose skin is so thin you take criticism of Craig worse than you would that of your own child

        Look, just because a group of us all take turns gently massaging Craig’s balls and whispering “you’re such a genius…such a hero” doesn’t mean we aren’t also allowed to call you out for literally making one of the dumbest comments I’ve seen in this comments section.

    • unclemosesgreen - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:40 PM

      Nope, just a garden-variety idiot. Like you.

      • babyfarkmcgeezax - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:49 PM

        What’s the matter? Are your feelings hurt after your trolling has been smacked down multiple times by my fact-filled responses?

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:52 PM

        Let’s just agree to agree on gun control.

        It’s nice that someone stood up for that genius Carrot Cole already, and it was predictable that it would be you.

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 20, 2014 at 5:41 PM

        Quoting Calcaterra: “For reasons that completely escape me given how the team has slowly eliminated native American iconography from their uniforms (i.e. getting rid of the tomahawk on the alternate jerseys, etc.), the Braves have unveiled a hideous BP cap with that old “screaming Indian” logo. Most of us had thought that they had canned that thing, but apparently not. Poor, poor form, Atlanta”

        That took 10 seconds to find. There are many, many more. He has repeatedly taken the Braves to task for their name and the use of insulting, faux-Native American imagery.

        If you want to claim that you’re all “fact-based” – you should try starting with a fact. Just one. Try it – you may like it.

      • cohnjusack - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        What’s the matter? Are your feelings hurt after your trolling has been smacked down multiple times by my fact-filled responses?

        AHHH SNAP! He nailed you good! See, he has “fact filled responses”! Such facts as not knowing racism unless it punched him in the face and blindly assuming that that everyone else is as stupid as him and will associate this incident with racism.

        Eat it MosesGreen! You just got owned!

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:55 PM

        pwned!

      • babyfarkmcgeezax - Apr 20, 2014 at 5:28 PM

        By “not knowing racism”, do you mean how your hero Craig continues to support the openly racist Braves. I don’t care if he’s questioned the tomahawk chop or whatever, it hasn’t stopped him from supporting them. All talk and no action. A tower-dwelling pat-myself-on-the-backtivist who you idiots would put on the same level as Martin Luther King.

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 20, 2014 at 5:32 PM

        Tower dwelling? I take it you’ve never been to Ohio.

      • cohnjusack - Apr 20, 2014 at 5:35 PM

        By “not knowing racism”, do you mean how your hero Craig continues to support the openly racist Braves. I don’t care if he’s questioned the tomahawk chop or whatever, it hasn’t stopped him from supporting them. All talk and no action. A tower-dwelling pat-myself-on-the-backtivist who you idiots would put on the same level as Martin Luther King.

        While it’s true most of us consider Craig Calcaterra to be a Civil Rights hero on par with Martin Luther King, I too take exception to the idea that Craig ever suggested that no one be fans of the Indians because of their logo. I think he merely said their logo was pretty racist. Secondly Craig has criticized the Braves logo, but no, not to the same degree as the bright-red face caricature that is the Indians logo…wonder why?

        Congratulations on not having to resort to ridiculous straw-man arguments, such as claiming we associate a sports blogger with a famed civil rights leader in order to make your argument. It really shows the intellectual weight behind your opinion.

      • babyfarkmcgeezax - Apr 20, 2014 at 5:49 PM

        Ahh yes, Cohn, you would know about straw men… Such as trying to paint me as a racist simply to stifle debate even though I’m calling out your hero for being too much of an armchair barker regarding the Braves’ displays of racism. Pathetic, you lose credibility to use that card in the future when you try to use it on someone on your own side simply because they don’t worship everything Craig says.

      • cohnjusack - Apr 20, 2014 at 8:00 PM

        Nope, never once called you racist. Called you an idiot, I pointed out you wouldn’t recognize racism unless it punched you in the face, but never called you a racist. It’s funny, but actually reading the words someone writes goes a long way to properly interpreting them.

        Arguing with you is so fun. I get to read things I never said, then get to hear about how I apparently worship every word uttered by Craig Calcaterra. Funny, I always merely thought of him as “pretty good sports blogger”, but it turns out he’s my idol. Who knew?

    • cohnjusack - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:51 PM

      Guaranteed that the blog post above is coming from someone who is once again showing they either are deliberately obtuse or astoundingly ignorant of what racism is.

      • babyfarkmcgeezax - Apr 20, 2014 at 5:30 PM

        You mean like supporting the openly racist Braves, such as Craig does? Oh right, that’s too inconvenient to fit the narrative of your phony hero.

      • cohnjusack - Apr 20, 2014 at 5:36 PM

        It’s true! Since Craig has totally called for Indians fans to boycott the team, burn down the stadium and lynch all the players and executives, it’s only fair he do the same thing with the Braves, whose name and logo he has never even once criticized.

        Well argued sir. Do you debate professionally or just in the comments section of sports blogs?

    • chc4 - Apr 20, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      So true, if a white dude acted like Gomez Craig wouldn’t even waste a post about it.

      • thetoolsofignorance - Apr 20, 2014 at 5:15 PM

        aaaaand wrong again-

        http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/05/16/brett-lawrie-freaks-out-throws-helmet-at-ump/

  20. disgracedfury - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    I don’t like Gomez but that wasn’t showing up the pitcher and Gerrit ole was out of line.Flipping your bat is like a pitcher pumping his fist.

    I will say Gomez shouldn’t have thrown his helmet ad throw the first punch.

  21. phillysports1 - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    How is Gomez a scumbag ? You still don’t make any sense.

    • cohnjusack - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      He attacked someone for saying mean words to him…
      (Note: this action makes him a scumbag, but not the lone scumbag. There is plenty of scumbag label to go around).

  22. graymalkin26 - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    You r all a bunch of usa baseball h&mo@

    • cohnjusack - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:59 PM

      What the f**k is a h&mo@?

      Are you trying to say “homo” but just spelling it really, really badly?

  23. jre80 - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Gomez is a punk bitch. Runnin around like he’s gonna hit someone with a helmet. What a pu$$y.

  24. jtreddog - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Always get a kick out of baseball fights and how all teammates need to get in the middle of a slapfest…only slightly less comical than a basketball “fight”…I’m tuning back into the NHL playoffs…btw it is time the pitching fraternity took a stand against this meathead…unfortunately the only way this guy will clue in

    • infieldhit - Apr 20, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      Yep, because the gloves get dropped all the time in the NHL playoffs…

      • thebadguyswon - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:08 PM

        The NHL is a fantastic sleep-aid.

  25. jtreddog - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Are Carlos Gomez and Milton Bradley cousins? Maybe at least neighbours?

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