Throughout his 13-year major-league career, Carlos Gomez played with a certain style and exuberance that, on several occasions, rubbed his opponents the wrong way.
He admired his home runs (and triples) — even those that didn’t win games — by dropping his bat or throwing his arms into the air.
As a rookie with the Mets in 2007, he watched and learned from stars like Carlos Delgado, Moises Alou, Carlos Beltran and Julio Franco.
And, according to Gomez, he saw them swing at a pitches on a 3-0 count in close games but never in lopsided ones.
It’s a subject that Chicago White Sox Manager Tony La Russa, who recently admitted he didn’t know the written rules for extra innings, knows about well.
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