His agent, the notoriously aggressive Scott Boras, told him he could get more money if he waited.
“I told Boras, get as much as you can, but I’m signing this deal no matter what,” Gomez said. “It’s peace of mind for me and my family. I sleep much better at night now. We’re human. We can get hurt. I’ll be 30 when this contract is done, and then I can take another bite.”
Gardenhire remembered Gomez faking bunts to draw opposing third basemen in and had to tell him, “Go-Go, the third baseman is already in.” Then, Gardenhire remembered, chuckling, “He’d fake bunt, fake swing, then fake bunt — all on the same pitch!”
There were no fake bunts Monday. Every Gomez swing was an attempt to hit Bernie Brewer, the Milwaukee mascot who stands above a waterslide deep in the left-field stands, smack in the mustache.
“If there’s more than what he’s doing now, you’re talking superstar,” Roenicke said. “He’s playing great. Defense is good, he’s stealing bases, and the offensive part has been the biggest improvement.”
Gomez’s first homer of the day looked like an expression of anger. His second looked routine. Correia threw a fastball down the middle. Gomez smacked it into the bullpen, and then sprinted around the bases. He doesn’t plan to slow down for anybody.
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