Can a man not even slide into second base hard anymore?
Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond was upset with Carlos Gomez for a hard slide the Milwaukee Brewers outfielder made into second base during the bottom of the eighth inning of Wednesday’s game.
The Brewers were up 9-2 and had men on first and second with one out when Lyle Overbay grounded a ball to Desmond at short. Desmond flipped to Kevin Frandsen at second, and Frandsen turned the double play to end the inning. Desmond remained on the field to say something to Gomez, who made a hard slide into second to try breaking up the double play.
What was Desmond’s problem? Gomez was playing too hard.
“In a World Series game, you slide like that. In a seven-run differential game, there’s no time for that,” Desmond said after the game via MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy.
Ian Desmond w/ strong words for Carlos Gomez. Didn't like hard slide at 2nd w/ 7-run lead. Respects Gomez but "I've got no respect for that"
— James Wagner (@JamesWagnerWP) June 25, 2014
Give me a break. Until the losing team decides to concede the game, why should the winning team stop playing hard/properly/the way you’re supposed to? That’s really poor on Desmond’s part.