Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez and then Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann have made amends after being at the center of a heated confrontation that resulted in punches being thrown last season in Atlanta. As you may recall, the two came face-to-face after Gomez admired a home run a little too long for McCann's tastes. McCann then blocked Gomez from getting to home plate, and the incident snowballed from there with Gomez and Braves outfielder Reed Johnson ultimately receiving suspensions.
Now a member of the New York Yankees, McCann and company paid a visit to Gomez and the Brewers Friday night in Milwaukee. Naturally, that left people wondering if we might see a continuation of the bad blood that developed, but it turned out to be the exact opposite. In fact, both players made it clear that they held no ill-will and had already moved on. And then they sealed it with a hug.
Carlos Gomez & Brian McCann just met on the field, hugged it out. No animosity from last year's confrontation, Gomez said.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) May 9, 2014
Asked Brian McCann this week if he thought Carlos Gomez incident was behind them, he said "100 percent...I respect him."— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) May 9, 2014
They say time heals all wounds, and it's good to see that applies here as well. Not that we were expecting them to drop their gloves the first time they spotted each other, but sometimes it only takes a spark to reignite such a feud. They seemingly doused that possibility right away, which is good for them and their teammates.
Ironcially, Gomez's appeal for his most recent three-game suspension stemming from a similar (though far more violent) incident in Pittsburgh three weeks ago was heard earlier on Friday. He's still awaiting final word from MLB.
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