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May 19, 2011

Gonzalez apologizes, says he’d fight suspension

Michael Gonzalez tried to get in touch with Chris Dickerson, who the Orioles reliever hit in the helmet with an errant fastball in the 15th inning Wednesday night, but the Yankees outfielder was at a local hospital having a CT scan performed.

Gonzalez spotted Dickerson behind the batting cage before tonight’s game, and approached him to see how he was doing and make sure the Yankee understood that there was no intent behind the pitch.

“I just wanted to make sure that he was OK,” said Gonzalez who hugged Dickerson. “Obviously, it wasn’t my intention. I wasn’t trying to hit the guy. I felt a much better peace of mind when I got to talk to him. He understood the whole situation. He said that he knew I wasn’t trying to hit him. That means the world to me. When I saw him out there walking around, I was very happy with it.”

Gonzalez was immediately ejected by home plate umpire Dan Bellino. He isn’t sure if he’ll face disciplinary action, but he said that he’d appeal a suspension if he gets one.

“I’m definitely going to fight it,” he said. “That was uncalled for. Anybody watching that game is going to know that there was no intention there.”

Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 6:27 PM | | Comments (8)


There are too many guys getting hit like this, but its unfortunate that Gonzalez is paying the price of those who purposely do it!

At least Simon isn't getting blamed, right Iowagyrl? I'm sure it'll all come out in your book. In the meantime, you can continue providing TV updates on Simon's case by standing in front of a mirror and talking into your hairbrush.

Gonzalez doesn't have good enough control to hit the guy in the head on purpose. Heck, he can't even throw one in the gereral vicinity of the plate.

If Gonzo fights a suspension where do O's fans go to support the commissioner?

Commissioner please suspend Gonzo the Oriole Fans will support you forever.

I agree with robert and Bruce, suspend Gonzalez. The team will be much better off! How is this for an idea, while he is suspended maybe MASN can use him in place of Flanagan.

Come on Commish, suspend Gonzo, at least through the end of his contract for the sake of his team and fans.

Hey Stalker what are you, a muslim?

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