Gomes finds place of strength with the Red Sox
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Gomes is the half-crazed, half-clutch spiritual leader of the Boston Red Sox as they take on the Tigers in the American League Championship Series.
The A's loved his infectious energy and outrageous commentary last year, but he was locked in a strict platoon setup - and with the Tigers throwing all right-handed starters, Gomes got exactly one at-bat during the five-game 2012 ALDS: pinch-hitting against Justin Verlander in the eighth inning of the final game with the Tigers leading 6-0 (the final score).
The Red Sox were in Cleveland that day, and as the players came together, it was Gomes' idea to design a jersey that read "Boston Strong 617" (the city's area code).
Back in Boston four days later, during a tribute at Fenway Park, veteran David Ortiz took the microphone and shouted, "This is our f-ing city, and nobody is going to take away our freedom!" Fans in the ancient ballpark roared their approval - for once, an obscenity was fully tolerated.
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