Carlos Gomez vs. Brian McCann, Baseball Sheriff
Gomez lead off the game with a homer off of Paul Maholm and he took a little too much time watching it for their taste. While Maholm and first baseman Freddie Freeman gave Gomez an earful as he rounded the bases, the real surprise was waiting at the plate.
Braves catcher and Baseball Sheriff Brian McCann exists solely to enforce the unwritten rules of the game. Watching a homer for a little too long? That violates the code.
McCann stood directly in the basepath only a few feet from the plate. He refused to yield when Gomez rounded third and had ‘a few words’ to say. The benches cleared and Gomez was again ready to throw hands with the entire Braves roster. Despite an absolute sea of bodies between the two, Gomez and McCann were able to jaw at each other for almost two full minutes.
The good news is that Gomez and McCann did eventually make up.
Love Gomez or hate him, you’re unlikely to forget him. He spent about 5 1/2 season with the Milwaukee Brewers, but the memory of the swagger with which he played, will live on for years.