Carlos Gomez took out some major frustration on a water cooler and it looked like a sprinkler went off
The concept of discussing something "around the water cooler" at work is ingrained in our consciousness -- and anybody in the Rays' dugout in Wednesday's 3-0 loss to the Marlins would definitely have had something to chat about in the second inning.
On an 0-1 pitch, Carlos Gomez squared up to bunt, jumped out of the way of a Jose Urena offering and thought it grazed his hand. He wasn't granted first base on the play, however, and then struck out a few pitches later.
He was frustrated, and acted it out by obliterating a dugout water cooler with his bat:
When someone brings veggie burgers to the 4th of July BBQ. pic.twitter.com/mDlpU5bblv- Cut4 (@Cut4) July 4, 2018
As you'll see in the full video atop this post, he then gave a Gatorade jug an uppercut for added emphasis.
Gomez told MLB.com's Bill Chastain after the game that the moment "got the best of" him, adding the following:
"We are human. We can get mad. It's not we're not professional. It's that moment ... Sometimes you get a moment where you get frustrated."
The mere fact of their existence in the dugout makes random pieces of equipment frequent targets of players' emotions -- as Nolan Arenado acted out in Los Angeles recently after a strikeout of his own:
Frustration is frustrating, that's for sure.