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Sandberg weighs in on Braves-Brewers brawl

Sandberg weighs in on Braves-Brewers brawl


ATLANTA -- Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez caused quite a stir Wednesday at Turner Field, when he admired a long home run, then jawed with Braves fielders on his way around the bases.

Atlanta catcher Brian McCann blocked his path to home plate, inciting both benches to clear.

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg was one of the more mild-mannered players in the game when he played with the Cubs. He was jokingly asked if he ever admired a home run and got a teammate drilled as a result.

"Did I? No. I never did," Sandberg said. "No, because I always thought I was going to be the one to get beaned, not a teammate. That's how it used to be. Back in the day, you could pitch inside, you could hit guys. There wasn't any rule that you couldn't hit a guy."

So Sandberg never flipped a bat and admired a home run?

"No, that wasn't my style," he said. "Because I always knew there was another at-bat coming, whether it was that game or it was two weeks from now or next year. I always had that in the back of my mind."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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