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Jonny Gomes Punts Beers Into Crowd Like Frat Boy On LSD, Hurts Old Person, No One Seems To Care

Hate to be the party pooper here, but the practice of adult baseball players wildly consuming alcohol in front of adoring crowds needs to stop. You clinched a postseason berth. You won the AL East. Have some class. Act like you’ve been there before. Hell, be slightly professional. Whatever you do, consider this incident the beginning of the end for this kind of stuff.

Why it needs to go:

First of all, kids go to games and it really sets a terrible example. (Believe me, I’m no saint, but you’ve got to draw a line with the adult activities somewhere.) Secondly, it encourages players to embarrass themselves — and in the case of the Los Angeles Dodgers, be called out by a prominent U.S. Senator for behaving like “idiots.” But the best reason to end the practice of getting shitfaced and/or using alcohol as a celebratory projectile (champagne spraying or otherwise), was given last night by the Red Sox’s Jonny Gomes…

…when he was punted full beers into the crowd, and one allegedly hit an old man, splitting open a pretty nasty laceration above his eye. The extent of his injury is not know at this time, but it’s fairly certain he had more than a few stitches. (Let it also be stated that there’s no definitive proof that Gomes’ punting was the cause of the injury. Suffice it to say that it might as well have been, considering that if you drop kick enough beers into a crowd, someone will get hurt.)

The thing that gets me about the Sox’s celebration, is just how obnoxiously juvenile the whole thing is. Once again, I’m not preaching about your right to do that — on your own time, around other adults, it’s totally alright act like a big, stupid, drunk kid — but not in front of television cameras. Not in front of fans who look up to you. Not in front of kids (yes, kids go to night games, too). It’s unprofessional. It’s unnecessary. Keep it in the clubhouse, bro. Some of us don’t want to ruin the illusion that our sports heros are noble, exceptional men, and not the Fenway Park Delta Kappa Epsilon chapter who got kicked off campus.

Gomes posed with his kids — who were wearing ski goggles, presumably to shield their little eyes from errant celebratory beer spray particulate. (The helmet thing, by the way, is an homage of Gomes’ mantra “It’s time to put your hard hat on.”)

So much for shedding that “beer and chicken” image…

H/T The Nosebleeds, Photos via @Mr_Libros, GIF via Bob’s Blitz

  • James Flannery

    Where’s the actual footage of the guy getting his head split open?. How come no major media outlets reported it? Sounds more like somebody’s got a beef with the Sox that has nothing to do with beer.

  • David

    If you are using evidence to support your article and you have to basically say “be aware that this evidence may not be true”, you may as well just shut up.

    And as far as the Dodgers are concerned: the D-Backs told them to keep their players off the field for the celebration, so they did the next best thing. Don’t want a team to celebrate in your pool, don’t build a pool in your baseball stadium. Or, better yet, win the game!

  • joenh

    sorry guys, my friend was about 10 feet from the old guy and gomes lined drived the beer can into his face, the guy got 14 stitches.

  • ren25

    Not a Dodger fan but they had a right to celebrate anyway they wanted. Same goes for the Sox. It’s unfortunate that someone might have gotten hurt. As far as the Sox behavior, you don’t want to see it, don’t watch it. Game was over, change the channel.

  • ren25

    Not a Dodger fan but they had a right to celebrate anyway they wanted. Same goes for the Sox. It’s unfortunate that someone might have gotten hurt. As far as the Sox behavior, you don’t want to see it, don’t watch it. Game was over, change the channel.

  • Abc123

    My wife and I literally had to duck so as not to get hit by this same beer can punted by Gomes. We turned around to see who it hit and saw this gentleman disoriented and bleeding profusely. I’m a season ticket holder and have no beef with anyone. I’ve been searching the internet this afternoon to see if anyone reported this story. Felt bad for the poor guy.

  • bc puckett


    First the Reilly article and now this. Do you ever take your skirt off?

  • BST&N

    If you don’t believe the story check this:


    and tweet @mr_libros. he was there last night

  • fenwaygnome

    It’s not true, the “author” of this article is just making shit up.

  • fenwaygnome

    My friend caught the beer can he punted. It absolutely did not hit this guy in the face. Why are you outright LYING?

  • Jake O’Donnell

    Ya, when I wrote this…


  • Jake O’Donnell
  • Kathy

    It is true, I know this man, his name is Greg Hanley and he’s from Maine

  • Anony

    I’m sure your friend caught A can, but he punted several cans. The first one that I saw was the line drive that hit this gentleman in the face. He was bleeding profusely and luckily Fenway First Aid was quick to respond. Obviously it wasn’t his intention but I was disappointed no one from Red Sox staff asked Gomes to stop after this happened. He continued to “perfect” his punt as in the top video – but he first one was a straight line drive

  • Anony

    I saw it happen from 20 yards away. Gomes is careless idiot.

  • Krzysztof Jozwik

    Not sure they have the right to launch metal projectiles into a crowd, they don’t own the stadium, they play for the team.

  • Bon

    Somebody’s a mad New York fan lol

  • Chris

    Athletes should not be role models… If your kid looks up to them and emulates them than you are doing a bad job as a parent. If I was there with a child last night I would tell them that they are extremely happy, but normally it is not acceptable to act like this.

  • Steve Glandsberg

    Metal projectiles? It was a beer can, you’re acting like no team celebrates after a win like the Red Sox did.

  • Krzysztof Jozwik

    Oh I forgot.

    Metal : a solid material that is typically hard, shiny, malleable, fusible, and ductile, with good electrical and thermal conductivity (e.g., iron, gold, silver, copper, and aluminum, and alloys such as brass and steel).

    Projectile : an object propelled through the air, esp. one thrown as a weapon.

    Clearly these cans were not metal, nor were they propelled through the air by the force of the foot. Please go outside with a 12 pack of cans and ask people to throw them at your face, tell me how it feels to be attacked with these not metal non projectiles.

  • covert coolers

    It really embarrass to the players that when the cans of beer is thrown to the crowed it hit to an old man.

  • Tyler Clancy

    You are sick. Defend men who could care less of you as a fan or a person. Boston fans are scum. I am sure you all would look the other way if Tom Brady shot someone in the face on the sidelines of a Patriots game as well…..

  • Mike A

    It wasn’t thrown as a weapon. If it was do you think all those people would still be there?

  • Bill

    You guys are just pissed off because the Red Sox won! In your face!!

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