Braves' Brian McCann: 'I stand by what I did'
Insofar as Wednesday night's Brewer-Braves near-brawl, Braves catcher Brian McCann isn't apologizing for his role.
After the game, Carlos Gomez apologized for his actions. As for McCann, who, as you saw above, blocked Gomez from touching the plate in order to have a "conversation" with the Brewers outfielder, it sounds as though he's not going to be offering up any mea culpas. Here's what McCann tells Dave O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
"In the heat of the moment, I did what I thought was right. I stand by what I did. I’m sticking up for this team. I don’t think that’s a part of baseball. Reading what (Gomez) said last night, I think he agrees with it.
"If you want to sit there and watch it for a few seconds, I’m OK with that. But to round the bases and yell the whole way around the bases, I just I felt like I needed to say something. I don’t think that’s a part of the game of baseball. I thought he showed up our whole team. So I did what I felt any catcher would do in that situation. That’s sticking up for his teammate."
For what it's worth, McCann was neither ejected nor disciplined for his actions.