Carlos Gomez has a message for Paul Maholm: He's sorry. The Milwaukee Brewers center fielder, one of the most gregarious players in the majors, turns contrite when discussing the incident that linked him last season to Maholm, then pitching for the Atlanta Braves and now with the Los Angeles Dodgers. After homering off Maholm on Sept. 25, Gomez gave new meaning to the term "pimping'' by staring at the long drive, flipping his bat, then slowly circling the bases while exchanging words with the left-hander until being confronted well short of the plate by catcher Brian McCann. Their encounter set off a benches-clearing melee. Gomez felt entitled to the showboating at the time because he believed Maholm had hit him intentionally earlier in the season, and this was his way of exacting revenge. In retrospect, though, the All-Star outfielder said he regrets his actions. "I went overboard, and that's why I apologized to the Braves organization, to their players, and I would like to see Maholm personally to tell him that,'' Gomez told USA TODAY Sports. "I have a son (nearly 5) and he asked me, 'Daddy, what happened?' I felt bad. That wasn't the way to handle it.'' The incident became memorable both because of Gomez's exaggerated antics and also the sight of McCann planting himself on the third-base line, impeding Gomez's progress. Gomez never touched the plate, although he was still credited with the home run. "I was embarrassed by what happened, although at that time I didn't see it that way,'' Gomez said. "If I had been the catcher, I would have done the same thing McCann did.'' McCann is now with the New York Yankees, but Gomez may get a chance to approach Maholm in person Saturday, when the Brewers host the Dodgers in an exhibition.
Carlos Gomez 'sorry' for showing up Paul Maholm last year
USA Today | Mar 1