Carlos Gomez on Madison Bumgarner’s stare-down: ‘He’s not my dad’ (vid)
Carlos Gomez and Madison Bumgarner shared a tense moment during a third-inning at-bat in Tuesday’s game, one that Gomez didn’t take too kindly to, expressing as much after the game.
After the Milwaukee Brewers outfielder fouled off a fastball on an 0-1 count from the San Francisco Giants ace, he yelled at himself in frustration. Bumgarner appeared to take offense to Gomez’s outburst and gave him a bit of a glare.
Bumgarner’s next offering was inside, something Gomez clearly didn’t appreciate, and he could be seen saying something to the pitcher afterward, resulting in the two competing in a competition of stink-eye. Another inside pitch followed, which Gomez hit for a flyout to the outfield.
Gomez weighed in on semi-heated exchange with Bumgarner after the game, arguing that the pitcher had no business taking him to task for being mad at himself.
“Who does that guy think he is, Bumgarner?” Gomez said, per an MLB.com report. “I never scream at anybody when they miss a pitch and he screams at himself, or they make a pitch and be happy. I never say anything. So you put a good swing, and they’re looking at you like you’re a piece of [garbage]. Tell that [guy] to throw the ball and don’t worry about my thing.
“That [guy] was looking at me like I’m an idiot. So you worry about pitching, I worry about hitting. I don’t care what you do. You can strike me out and do whatever you want. That doesn’t bother me. But a professional, like the guy he thinks he [is], you throw the pitch and the hitter can do whatever he wants. I missed a pitch. … I was [upset] because I waited for that pitch and I’m supposed to hit it and I missed it.
“… I was [mad] at myself, so he can’t be looking at me. He’s not my dad.”
Bumgarner did not comment on what transpired, but in the end, cooler heads prevailed as the incident did not escalate. Given that both Bumgarner and Gomez wear their emotions on their sleeves and are fieriest of fiery competitors, that should be considered a positive outcome.