It’s Still Cool To Be Old School: Braves vs. Brewers Melee

by Mark Yarbro
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Mark was born in Gastonia, NC on August 14th, 1967. He graduated from...
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From time to time, my friends and yes even my family make fun of me because of my reluctantance to embrace change.

admit, I still enjoy 80’s music, I still laugh at Andy Griffith reruns, and still yearn for the old way that Sportscenter used to be done on ESPN.

One thing that unfortunately has changed in sports and seems to have been dismissed in some cases is tradition and playing the game the right way.  We saw another example of this a few nights ago at Turner Field in Atlanta when Brewers OF Carlos Gomez went coco for cocoa puffs after homering off the Braves’ Paul Malholm in the very 1st inning.

Gomez thought that Malholm had hit him a couple of months ago back in Milwaukee so after his blast off the lefty, he stood, stared, stared some more and maybe even moonwalked before starting his trot around the bases which included exchanging words with every Braves infielder except Jeff Blauser.

As Gomez reached home plate, Braves catcher Brian McCann awaited Gomez to let him know exactly what kind of fool he thought Gomez was and then it was “time to play the feud” as both benches emptied.

In the aftermath, some have criticized McCann for his self policing of the situation asking who had suddenly designated McCann the sheriff of MLB.  Now it must be noted that I am an Atlanta Braves fanso with that said, I found it refreshing that there is still some “old school” left in sports.

The well they are just kids or get with the times mentality is sometimes an excuse for asking like a jerk.  In this case. I’m glad that Sheriff McCann was standing tall in Atlanta.


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