Putting aside for a moment whether or not Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez ought to dial it down a bit, what was up with the non-ejection of Braves catcher Brian McCann? By essentially allowing McCann to prevent an opponent from touching home plate for an etiquette violation, isn’t that tacit endorsement on the part of the umpiring crew? And given there’s nothing in the rule book about good taste, what rule did Gomez violate?
If a slow trot and/or a demonstrative celebration is considered justifiable provocation for a fight by MLB, why aren’t players being issued with warnings after hitting a home run? Y’know, a stern finger pointed towards the Braves dugout, just in case Freddie Freeman doesn’t bust it out of the box the next time he goes deep.