ATLANTA (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez and Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman were ejected in the first inning after both benches cleared during an argument.
Reserve Atlanta catcher Gerald Laird was also ejected.
Gomez, the second batter, hit his 23rd homer to make it 1-0 off Paul Maholm. As soon as he hit the ball, Gomez stood in the batter's box watching the ball sail into the left field seats and flipped his bat behind him.
As Gomez started walking up the first base line, he was yelling at Maholm, who yelled back.
The argument continued as Gomez slowly trotted across first base and began arguing with Freeman.
Freeman yelled back at Gomez, who touched second and third without incident before Braves catcher Brian McCann met him about 20 feet up the third-base line and stopped him.
I would like to apologize first to the fans, MLB, my teammates and the Brewers organization as well as the Braves organization.— Carlos Gomez (@C_Gomez27) September 26, 2013
The way I carried myself on the field is unacceptable, I should have done better to control myself and set a good example.— Carlos Gomez (@C_Gomez27) September 26, 2013
In the heat of the moment I let my emotions get the best of me. As a professional athlete I have to respect the game.— Carlos Gomez (@C_Gomez27) September 26, 2013
I should have not let the situation escalate. I would like to put this behind and do what I love, and that is play baseball at 110%.— Carlos Gomez (@C_Gomez27) September 26, 2013
Again my apologies to everyone that I may have offended I truly regret it. Thank you and have a good night God Bless. #CG27— Carlos Gomez (@C_Gomez27) September 26, 2013