Gomes not surprised by Rays run
Former Ray Jonny Gomes was back at the Charlotte Sports Park with another new team, now sporting Boston Red Sox colors.
Gomes said he will always feel a special bond with the 2008 Rays, and isn't surprised they have continued their success despite losing so many players because of the work of manager Joe Maddon and executive VP Andrew Friedman.
"I'm not surprised at all. Players come and go but the anchor is alway here in Joe and Friedman and their staff,'' Gomes said. "They haven't gone anywhere, which means a lot. You go to different teams different camps, and they're continually trying to like find the winning chemistry, trying to find the winning way of things, and it's found here. They got it. ... They know how to do it.''
Gomes fancies himself as a bit of a baseball historian, and said that getting to pull on the Red Sox uniform was "a pretty big honor.'' Also, "it's pretty cool.''
Gomes noted he has been on three playoff teams in the last five seasons - the '08 Rays, '10 Red and '12 A's. And also that he keeps moving around. When it was pointed out he hadn't been in the NL West or AL Central yet, he laughed and said, "But I've homered in those places.''
Gomes said they Rays "might have" called this winter before he signed with the Red Sox for $10-million over two years.