It would be an understatement to say that Carlos Gomez was struggling coming into Sunday’s game. The right handed outfielder and former MVP candidate, acquired to provide some punch to an otherwise less-than-punchy Rays offense, was hitting just .158/.229./.276 headed into the matinee game on Sunday against the Twins.
Things did not immediately look better.
Weirdly, no one on in the Twitterverse seemed to think that Gomez’s emotional reaction to yet another strikeout was “too much.”
Then, when the bullpen gave away another 6-2 lead, things headed into the bottom of the ninth. It was really not looking good for our hero.
In fact, coming into the infamous 9th inning at bat, Go-Go was a No-Go 0 for 4 with three strikeouts, and things had gotten so bad that if Cron had led off with double, Gomez had decided to try and bunt him over.
“Unfortunately” Cron merely singled.
So, as we all saw, Carlos Gomez did this instead of bunting:
Twitter had thoughts
Some doofus on Twitter had words about it, and also tweeted an illegal video without the express written consent (probably):
The celebration was SO cocky and the Trop is such a piece of shit I just assumed Carlos Gomez was playing over in Japan or something. That’s honestly what this video looks like. pic.twitter.com/YAorKVeVyb— KFC (@KFCBarstool) April 22, 2018
The Brian Dozier fanclub was also not amused:
Astro Joker thinks only good players should act like this:
Poll: is Carlos Gomez the worst player to ever be THIS cocky? (12 yrs. .255 AVG, .313 OBP, OPS+ of 96)pic.twitter.com/jo52WurMGx— (@theastroJoker) April 22, 2018
Rick Stroud with context!
#Rays Carlos Gomez said he told his 9-year-old son, Yandel, he would hit a HR today. Yandel scored the game-winning goal in his soccer game Saturday— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) April 22, 2018
DRaysBay, of course, had the immediate shots suitable for giffing:
Carlos Gomez wins the game for the Rays on one swing pic.twitter.com/GlmAI1ttR9— DRaysBay (@draysbay) April 22, 2018
Then ESPN also got in on the fun...
And there were even some great points made around the twitter-sphere:
I don’t think I’ve ever wanted something more now than I want Carlos Gomez to hit a walk off homer in the World Series. He might literally somersault his way around the bases after throwing his bat into the centerfield seats— Mike Bruu (@Mike_Bruu96) April 22, 2018
Let’s make that happen.
Before we go: One more from Cut4 for the celebration
RT to make someone who hates bat flips angry. pic.twitter.com/hYDOw8PFqC— Cut4 (@Cut4) April 22, 2018
So what say you about Carlos Gomez and his celebration?
Was Carlos Gomez’s celebration "too much"?
This poll is closed
Seriously, it’s the best thing I’ve seen all season
IT WAS GLORIOUS!
Why do you hate baseball?