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Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Mat Gamel added something to the highlight reel with a massive home plate collision.

Mat Gamel's collision at home plate one worth watching. Again.

Even if you live it, sometimes you can't believe it.

This goes for all things good, bad, and ... interesting.

Mat Gamel's vicious meeting with Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro Tuesday night has been one of the most watched highlights of this young baseball season already, and that won't stop any time soon.

It's just too awesome.

Fortunately for Brewers fans, Mat's wife Julianne tweeted late last night that her hubby was OK.

Her tweet dampened any concern there might have been when manager Ron Roenicke decided to give Gamel the night off.

So while the constant replays in the Brewers clubhouse caught Gamel's rapt attention and some good-natured hoots from his teammates, Roenicke's reaction was understandably different.

"Yeah, I watched it this morning," he said with some resignation.

When asked if it looked worse on replay than in person, he groaned.

"It was bad both times."

As long as it's not us delivering - or receiving - said blow, it only gets better if you watch it again. And again. And again.

Like this one.

And for all those - including Houston manager Brad Mills - who thought the play was unnecessary, or perhaps a little dirty, I don't think so. In that moment, Gamel made what he thought was the best decision to try and score. That was that.

It wasn't this.


OU812 | May 4, 2012 at 10:15 a.m. (report)

My opinion is that Gamel did indeed deliver a cheap shot to the Astros' catcher. He was going to be out by a mile and knew it. He could have given Castro a season-ending injury. Luckily that was not the case. But I'm a firm believer in "what goes around, comes around". Gamel wiping out his knee backs up my belief. He can have all season to think about his cheap shot. Mat Gamel's collision at home plate one worth watching. Again. The title to your article can be also used for Gamel's injury video.

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BrianRandall | April 25, 2012 at 11:08 a.m. (report)

The play indeed looks "cool" but it sure seems to me that if he instead tried to slide, he would have been safe.

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