The Brewers suck.
As you all know, the Bucs lost in 14 innings on Sunday. Gerrit Cole had one of the best starts of his young career, with the only blemish in his 8 innings being a Mark Reynolds solo home run. But the big story was the brawl that cleared both benches and both bullpens. In the 3rd inning, Carlos Gomez sent a pitch to deep centerfield. Cutch just missed making a web gem catch as he climbed the wall, and Gomez got all the way to third base as the ball ricocheted off the wall and back towards the infield. Gomez flipped his bat, stared as the ball sailed through the air, and totally pimped it until he realized that it didn’t clear the fence. Cole wasn’t happy with Gomez, and barked at him as he walked towards third. He got up and the benches cleared. After taking a swing and a miss, Gomez was knocked down by Travis Snider, both of whom were ejected once things settled down. Martin Maldonado planted his fist into Snider’s face, which was apparently cut by his sunglasses. Russell Martin and Rickie Weeks were also right in the action, but both of them remained in the game.
This isn’t the first time Gomez has showboated and got in trouble. Last weekend, he flipped his bat when he hit a sac-fly against the Bucs. In September, he incited a brawl between the Brewers and the Braves after he admired a home run (off of Paul Maholm, no less.) The Braves infielders barked at him as he rounded the bases and Brian McCann met him halfway up the third base line and got right in his face.
Anyone who has followed the Pirates for more than a couple years knows that there has been some sourness towards the Brewers, who used to absolutely own the Bucs. Ryan Braun‘s situation has made the hatred towards the Brew Crew even stronger (props to those in attendance that let Braun hear it this weekend,) and now this happens. Milwaukee is a good team. Much better than last year. That lineup is very powerful, and the pitching is solid. But it’s tough to respect a team that plays like a bunch of scumbags. The Cardinals are good, and we as Pirate fans have plenty of reasons to despise them. But you at least have to respect the St. Louis organization. Ryan Braun failed a drug test, won his appeal, called himself a “victim” and acted high and mighty before it was revealed that he was indeed on steroids and got suspended last season. Carlos Gomez showboats, the other team has something to say about it, and he says that he won’t apologize and claims that Snider started the brawl. How can you respect a team that does things like that? Should Cole have even confronted Gomez? Probably not. But just because he did doesn’t make it okay for Gomez to start swinging his helmet at people.
As far as the Pirates go, this might be just what they need. This could be something that unifies them and really brings them together. They needed something like this to get them going. Last year, the Dodgers and Diamondbacks had one of the biggest brawls in recent history, and the Dbacks went on to win the game, which was in LA. The Dodgers soon went on a tear, winning 42 of 50 games. Maybe Sunday’s scuffle with the Brew Crew can spark the Bucs in a similar way.
Here’s the link to the full fight, from the ROOT broadcast.
Snider dropping Gomez in gif form:
And here’s a still image:
(photo via Christopher Horner of Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Russell Martin:”The fair thing would be for our team to hold down Maldonado so Travis (Snider) can go back and sucker punch him in the face”
— Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) April 20, 2014
Gomez: “Snider is the one who started it… The game could have continued normal. But some guy, some idiot, come out and do stupid stuff.” — David Manel (@DavidManel) April 20, 2014
Go Bucs, screw the Brewers