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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 EDT

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.

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

Happy Easter Sunday, everybody.

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  1. President Charles Logan - Apr 20, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Gomez is a fkn punk and someone’s fixin to break his fkn legs or jaw one of these days and hopefully end his career… he’s a disgrace to the sport

    • weeniss - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:57 AM

      Yeah are just plain stupid. Very mature comment….

      • timmmah10 - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:53 AM

        You want to shut someone up? Strike them out.

  2. beerman4019 - Apr 20, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Brewers win….eat $h!t butt pirates!
    Welcome back to mediocracy.
    For all you “unwritten rule” people, get over it. It’s 2014, a different world with different people.

    • masher1965 - Apr 20, 2014 at 8:24 PM

      Yup, in today’s world, class and dignity are old fashioned and are to be shunned by idiots like you

      • Ponsonby_Britt - Apr 20, 2014 at 8:37 PM

        That’s exactly it. A race to the bottom.

    • kevin874 - Apr 20, 2014 at 8:39 PM

      Come on Beerman. You act like your team has been a staple of success. Two playoff appearances in the last twenty years doesn’t really give a fan right to poke fun at a team that has one in the past twenty years. Not that big of a difference if you ask me. As a Pirates fan I may hate the success the Cards have but I respect their team. You don’t see too many of these incidents with them. I understand as a fan of the Brewers (I’m assuming you’re a Brewers fan) you’re going to enjoy your success (as you should!) but you mention unwritten rules. I’d say there are some that should still be followed. Not using steroids (Braun), not throwing sucker punches (Maldonado) and not constantly raging when someone confronts you for excessive showboating (Gomez). Heck, if a team wanted to call out the Pirates for their Zoltan flashing, gun holstering and Yes Yes Yes’ing in the dugout after a home run I’d be fine with that. I just find your welcome back to mediocrity statement funny coming from a team that hasn’t enjoyed much more recent success than us.

      • grnngold - Apr 20, 2014 at 8:55 PM

        Kev, We’ll see!

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

      This is exactly what the Pirates needed – they’ve started off this season playing like scared little girls.

      And the dig at McCutchen in the article is stupid. He came in from center field and it looked like Snyder already had tackled Gomez and whipped him by then. Nothing else to do after that – none of the Brewers seemed to want any part of Russell Martin who was on full enforcer mode.

    • rohlo - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:25 AM

      LMAO a brewer fan saying welcome back to mediocrity!!! wow!! when you look up the words milwaukee brewers the word mediocrity is right next to their name in capital letters!!

  3. beerman4019 - Apr 20, 2014 at 8:26 PM


  4. bcvikings1965 - Apr 20, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Not a Brewer or Pirate fan, but all I can say is GROW UP COLE! Don’t worry about Gomez’s pose, just get the ball and pitch. If you would of just went back to the mound , none of this crap would have happened. And, truthfully, I don’t live too far from Pissburgh, and the sportsmanship is one reason I’m not a fan!

    • apkyletexas - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      No, Brewers have been under the Pirates skin for three straight years now. Tensions are high and lot of guys must have been itching for a fight.

      If the Brewers didn’t want a fight, Gomez shouldn’t have posed and then shouldn’t have gone insane when Cole called him out on it.

    • chiefs2582 - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:52 AM

      This comment is right on point. I live about twenty minutes outside of Pittsburgh and despise all of their sports because of the sportsmanship. Dare I say, Tomlin?!?! Pittsburgh is a terrible city in sports and other related things. I dont’ see how anyone can put this on anyone except Cole. Sure, Gonzalez was a hot head. But you have to remember, he felt like an ass at that time. Who wouldn’t feel stupid when they thought their hit was going to carry for a HR. If anything, Cole should of said “Thank You” for not scoring on an EASY in the park home run if he runs that out. IF ANYONE is a punk, it’s Cole. There was no reason for anything to be said there at all and Gonzalez was the one being shown up at that point (even though it was his own fault). A tough guy like Gonzalez would never stand for that.

  5. 6superbowls - Apr 20, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    A bit of roid-rage by Carlos? Wonder if he got the FedEx delivery guy’s number from Braun?

  6. pgilbert15303 - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Gomez, I can care about either team, but man what a loser!

    Okay, I will be happy to quantify my harsh comment: my guess is that you played this great game for a few years. The pose was incredibly bush league. Hey, as a Red Sox fan, I was hugely embarrassed when our dunce Manny pulled the same move.

    Secondly, you are a macho type until you get clocked… I thought you were in the WWF, roll away and look like you are dying for more… Just as a third party witness, you don’t want anymore of that Pirate… You dropped like a bag of bricks.

    I hate to say this; welcome to the d-bag club.

    • tsi431 - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:14 AM

      Your forgot about “Big Papi”. Every home run he hits, he poses and leans for 2-3 seconds. For 10 years now. It occurs on every homerun. The only reason this gets noticed is because the Pirates pitcher decided to jabber his jaws.

      From a Mets fan šŸ˜¦

    • timmmah10 - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:59 AM

      Gomez is far from the biggest offender of the bat flip. Even Torii freaking Hunter does it.

      And you know what… let them do it. These guys are batting at best .350. Let them celebrate the small success they have in this game. Also, let pitchers dance on the mount like Jose Valverde. Who the hell cares? It’s all entertainment. If you don’t like it, strike that guy out next time you face him or hit a home run against the dancing pitcher. Instead, we’re going to keep it old school where the next guy to the plate gets plunked. Which is also fine. That guy isn’t going to be mad at the pitcher, but instead at his teammate for acting like a fool.

      The game polices itself, so why do fans get into it?

  7. pgilbert15303 - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Hey Ranoman,

    I’m sorry you are taken it back that we observed your favorite teams hot head do a truly embarrassing move. The pose was ridiculous.

    Being that the odds you are living somewhere near Madison and I live on a golf course in Austin Texas. The odds are greater that you live in a basement than myself.

    The ground in Austin is all rock, so there a very few of us with basements. Heck, it took our pool company 8 days to dig our pool. The neighbors and golfers were not happy with all that noise.

    Well, bottom line no basement here…

  8. beerman4019 - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Kev, pretty sure outside of last year, brewers have had more success then pirates recently. So again, hope you enjoyed your year last year…….welcome back (yes, like the brewers)

  9. pikerover - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Did anyone notice Cole, who’s thin skin started the ”brawl”, walked back to the mound after mouthing off. Gomez said he thought it was an out is the reason he flipped the bat. As for the ”brawl” I gave it a good solid 4 outta 10.

  10. railcarcowboy - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    I wish all of the unwritten rules were written

  11. ebrownwareagle - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    I have watched this thing 20 plus times! And I still don’t see where he threw his HELMET AND INSIGHTS A RIOT.

  12. gabe77 - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Maybe Braun prefers to have his roid rages off the field?

  13. pillsbury13 - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Tell me again why people felt the need to leave the bench in the first place…Cuz they were “jawing” at each other in a meaningless game in three weeks into the season. Another reason why baseball is becoming more and more irrelevant.

    • brandotho - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      Another moron blowing the “baseball is dying” trumpet. Is hockey becoming irrelevant because of fighting? Is basketball becoming irrelevant because of flopping? Is football dying because of excessive celebrations and excessive penalties?

      • micklethepickle - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:39 AM

        They actually fight like men in hockey, not like 4th graders tussling on the playground….

      • apkyletexas - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:56 AM

        Hockey fights are far worse. Two guys grabbing jerseys and slapping at each other like girls while they try desperately not to call over. Their only injuries are when someone falls and hits their face on the ice.

      • timmmah10 - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:01 AM

        That was a manly sucker punch by Maldonado…

  14. jrob23 - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    anyone catch who the coward from the Brewers was that threw that right at someone from behind? He was black, bald and I think wearing sun glasses. I guess we will find out when fines are levied. I hope someone puts a pitch to his temple and ends that cowards career. Only p ss y scumbags throw punches when people aren’t looking

  15. Hugh Jass - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    If he payed against the Yanks he would have ended up on the DL

    • timmmah10 - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:02 AM

      Don Zimmer would have got in the fight also… even though he has nothing to do with the Yanks anymore.

  16. tn16 - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:44 AM

    Another reason why snider is my Favirote player

    • timmmah10 - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:02 AM

      Your favorite player isn’t very good at baseball… so I can see where you need other reasons.

  17. infieldhit - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:16 AM

    Hey guys, if McCann had magically appeared to intervene, that woulda been a “Deus Ex McCanna.” Heh. Okay, I’ll go now…

  18. steelerofthedraft - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    This has nothing to do with race, why can’t people ever have a debate without race or religion excluded. Gomez is a piece of trash, cole went over to tell him if you’re going to act like a idiot and watch your ball make sure you hit a home run.
    I cannot wait until someone knocks him out cold, it’s what he deserves. This is why hockey has the most integrity of any sport , have a problem drop your gloves, and settle, shake hands and take your 5 minutes.
    Plus no one really expects any class from the brewers organization. Brauns taught him well, hopefully Gomez test gets “mishandled”

    • crisisofinfinitephils - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:14 AM

      Because people hear need their white guilt to be feed and watered like the delicate flower that it is.

    • timmmah10 - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:08 AM

      You were doing well until the hockey comment. Integrity? I love hockey, but I’m well aware of it’s problems.

      We’ve seen multiple celebrations that are becoming more and more common (see Anisimov last year and also Yakupov’s knee slide last year.) Additionally, we’re seeing more and more assault type plays where guys are using the stick as a weapon.

      Both games have their problems, however, hockey isn’t the gold standard of class.

  19. sickcub - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    It looks like it doesn’t take much to get Gomez off his game. Wonder how he will be when the pressure is on in September?

  20. dksouthern - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Gomez has a problem. He pulled the same stuff in a Braves game last year and was lucky he didn’t get decked by Brian McCann. The Brewers need to get control of the guy before he gives the organization a bad rap. The Braun image is bad enough.

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      You’ve never heard of machismo.

  21. sgtcook1959 - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Wow! The sports writers and fans for that matter, are really beating this dead horse nonstop. Get over it already and stop the whining. The season has just started, I am sure there will be a lot more bench clearing brawl this year. Next! Play Ball!

  22. jimeejohnson - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Gomez suffers from the Latino curse: machismo. I actually had an administrator tell me to lay off my Latin American male students (middle school) bad behavior because they have “machismo”. I told him they could stick that machismo so far up their sphincters it would come out of their big mouths. In any case, it was one of the stupidest things even a dumb school administrator has ever said to me, and that’s as dumb as sin itself.

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