If you watch baseball on more than an occasional basis, you probably don’t need me to tell you that Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez is a bit polarizing. Known to have what I’d call an over-active mouth, Gomez has been the root of a handful of on-field issues this season and created another on Wednesday.
Already suspended for instigating a bench clearing brawl against the Pittsburgh Pirates this season, Gomez was at it again, this time against the Washington Nationals.
With a seven run lead, Brewers first baseman Lyle Overbay hit a routine ground ball to second which set up a would-be eventual double play. Not wanting them to convert it, Gomez slid hard into Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond who immediately began jawing with Gomez.
That lead to the benches clearing, though, thankfully no punches were thrown.
Desmond, still heated after the game, continued to call out Gomez, suggesting that such a slide isn’t appropriate in a blowout.
“In a World Series game, you slide like that. In a seven-run differential game, there’s no time for that,” Desmond said after the game via MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy.
Desmond likely does have a point as you’re not trying to injure anybody, though, there’s no evidence to suggest Gomez was attempting to do so and not just playing hard. Of course, given Gomez’s reputation, he’ll always seem to have a target on his back come these situations and today appears to be no different. Though, I think he gets a pass on this one.