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    Posted April 21, 2014 by
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    Baseball Brawls


    I remember going to my very first baseball game like it was yesterday. My sister, her boyfriend, and I took the three-hour drive to go see the Milwaukee Brewers play. We did the traditional tailgating party and placed our bets on who would win the sausage race in the sixth inning. The moment the players, including my favorite player at the time Prince Fielder, stepped onto the field something had come over me. I did not feel anxious or stressed about the game, but instead I felt calm and relaxed.
    One nice part of baseball is that there are 162 games in the season for the teams, so if the Brewers lose I tend to have the optimistic view that there are still plenty of games for them to win. However, if your team does win you cannot help but have a huge grin on your face for the rest of the day. Baseball has a rather slow pace too which helps to make watching the game more relaxing than stressful. You also have the chance to learn about and keep track of your favorite players from the team.
    Recently though watching the Brewers I have become anxious with wondering when the next fight is going to happen. For those who follow the Milwaukee Brewers you may have noticed the sudden breakout in baseball brawls that have been occurring, which is a drastic change from the great sportsmanship that the Brewers normally have. It is no secret that Carlos Gomez has been involved in numerous fights with players from the other team. Gomez is creating negative publicity for the Brewers with the headlines he creates from getting into these brawls. Although he is getting into these fights, Gomez is still a great player. Gomez is a growing force that the Brewers need. Gomez has it all when it comes to batting and playing center field. He is currently ranked second in the National League for home runs. Gomez is one of the top current Brewers players but for how much longer?
    After getting into a brawl on Sunday’s game with some of the Pirates players, Gomez was ejected from the game along with a Pirates player. There were punches thrown, but Gomez appeared to throw the first one. Gomez refused to apologize for his actions at the game and will appeal whatever punishment the MLB may give. After seeing this fight breakout, I am worried that Gomez will be suspended. If Gomez is suspended what will happen to the great season that the Brewers are having so far? These arguments that Gomez keeps getting into is causing stress not only for the Brewers, but also for all the fans that want the Brewers to continue to have, what is expected to be, a great season. Will the Brewers team and fans be able to cope with this stress and continue to have a great season or will there be consequences for these fights that have been breaking out?

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