Bryan Stow speaks to NBC’s “Rock Center”

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Over the weekend we saw a brief preview of the first interview of Bryan Stow since his attack on Opening Day, to be featured tonight on NBC’s “Rock Center.”  Today we have the entire thing.

It’s not the easiest thing in the world to watch Stow struggle with daily tasks and conversation. It’s also light years better than we thought would come of his life last spring. Indeed, based on the early reports, it’s something close to a miracle that he even survived.

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Carlos Gómez fined for criticizing umpire on Twitter

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Rays outfielder Carlos Gómez has been fined $10,000 for criticizing umpire Andy Fletcher on Twitter last week. Gomez himself didn’t disclose the amount of the fine, but he did say, “I don’t think it’s fair.”

During Thursday’s game against the Blue Jays, Gómez pinch-hit and struck out looking. Even before the game ended, Gómez went on Twitter and posted several videos of questionable ball-and-strike calls by Fletcher. He wrote, “If anyone needed to be ejected out of tonight’s game it was Andy Fletcher!!” Gómez apologized later that night but still called Fletcher “brutal.”

Gómez, 32, has had a tough year. He’s hitting .212/.302/.343 with nine home runs, 32 RBI, 42 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases in 400 plate appearances. It’s understandable A) that Gómez is frustrated and B) he might be looking for any kind of edge he can get.