“I know this year hasn’t gone as we’d all like it. But please, please, everyone do not forget about that 2013 season- the worst to first, the tragedy of the Boston Marathon, everyone rallying around the city, the finish line, the duck boats, everything, celebrating at home. Might be down a little bit in the win/loss column right now, but do not let that erase any of those memories from last year that I get to wear a ring on my finger for. I’m proud to be a Red Sox for those times.” - Jonny Gomes
I love that there’s a guy playing in the World Series that I know and who I once drunkenly told that he didn’t know how to play baseball.
Johnny Gomes (now with the Boston Red Sox) grew up near me and during MLB off seasons, he would come back home and often come into my old regular bar (The 8 Ball) in Cotati, CA so we saw each other a bunch of times and had drinks.
He’d also come in while whatever team he was playing for was in the Bay Area for a series.
I forget who he was playing for at the time (I think the Rays), but this one time his team was in town playing the Oakland Athletics and he brought damn near his entire team into that old bar I used to go to. I had been drinking for a while because it was league night for the pool team I was on and I jokingly said to him, “You don’t know how to play baseball.” I’m pretty sure I slurred and elongated every word for full effect since I hadn’t seen him since the off season.
I like to think I motivated him all those years ago and that’s why he’s in the World Series right now.
In shaveless self-promotion, the Boston Red Sox’ hair club, including (from left) Mike Carp, Jonny Gomes, Dustin Pedroia, Ryan Dempster, Mike Napoli, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and David Ross, poses for Sports Illustrated. (Michael J. LeBrecht II/SI)