Carlos Gomez is one of those polarizing players, as a guy who is unabashed in his celebration of the game (and his own feats), but also a 100% on at all times type of guy. Sometimes, it pisses other players off, but sometimes it’s just fun.
For that reason, I have no doubt that his latest home run will rankle some of baseball fandom’s establishment:
If you’re keeping score, that’s a monster bomb, followed a bat flip (in Spring Training), what looked like some hand-shaking celebrations as he runs the bases, and then the coup de grace at the end: a dab at home plate. (If you’re an old fart like me, this is what dabbing is.)
For me? That’s all fine. He crushed it, so do what you want. I didn’t really see anything in there that directly showed up the opposing pitcher or that wasn’t about enjoying the moment of a long home run.
It’s hard to hit home runs, even in Spring Training, even for guys who hit a lot of home runs. Make a moment of it.