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.
Fortunately for Brewers fans, Mat's wife Julianne tweeted late last night that her hubby was OK.
Mat is a little sore from that collision at home. Please send up some prayers. X-rays said it didn't separate the shoulder.— Mat & Julianne Gamel (@JMGamel) April 24, 2012
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."
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.
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.
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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