Up above, video of the little dustup between the Nats and Brewers on Wednesday after Ian Desmond took issue with a hard slide by Carlos Gomez into Kevin Frandsen in an attempt to break up an inning ending double play. This, of course, after Gomez got plunked with a pitch by Taylor Hill earlier in the inning. Benches cleared, everyone milled around, and after the game, Desmond and Gomez offered their explanations to the media:
"He liked my shoes. I told him to go to NikeID.com and get some."
(Carlos Gomez, via Journal-Sentinel online, 6/25/2014)
“I just told him I didn’t agree with the way he slid into second base with a seven-run lead. I’ve defended that guy in a lot of clubhouse arguments. I respect the way he plays the game but I got no respect for that. If he thinks he got drilled on purpose by our pitcher making his major league debut, to take it out on a guy who has grinded his butt off to make a major league career in Kevin Frandsen, what if he potentially ends his career right there.
In a World Series game, you slide like that. In a seven-run differential game, there’s no time for that. If you’re going to defend that, I’ve got no respect for you to defend that."
(Ian Desmond, via Nationals Journal, 6/25/2014)
Apparently one of baseball's unwritten rules was broken?