What Gomez did Wednesday puts him strictly in the classy category, for now at least. Gomez went to an Atlanta-area hospital to visit a child who was injured at Tuesday night's Braves-Brewers game.
The child, who hasn't been identified for privacy purposes, was seated near the first-base dugout and was struck in the head by a foul ball off Gomez's bat in the seventh inning.
You could tell by the reactions of Gomez and pitcher Julio Teheran that it wasn't a good scene. Reports from the scene indicate there was an "audible thud" upon impact. The child was carried out of the stands and taken to a hospital.
The Braves issued a statement:
"The young fan was hit in the head by a ball but was conscious and talkative while he was being treated on site before being transferred to the hospital. The team and all of Braves Country have him in our thoughts and prayers."
Teheran said this after the game:
"I just heard it. I didn't know if it hit a kid or a big person. I don't like when they get a foul ball like that ... I knew it was going to hit somebody, because it was fast and hard and nobody was going to have a chance to get out of the way."
Gomez took things a step further though and went to the hospital to see the child.
Just went to see the young fan that was hit by my foul ball last night. He was in great spirits and I had a chance to sign the ball.— Carlos Gomez (@C_Gomez27) May 21, 2014
You don't like to see anyone get hurt, especially a child. Fans, please be alert and bring your glove!— Carlos Gomez (@C_Gomez27) May 21, 2014
Worth noting twice: This is a fan in Atlanta, not in the Brewers hometown. Atlanta fans actually don't like Gomez too much, after his run-in with the Braves last season after showboating a homer.
Maybe what Gomez did Wednesday will make Braves fans reconsider.
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