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Jonny Gomes blasts three-run home run after not being in initial Game 4 starting lineup (Video)

Jonny-Gomes-home-runSometimes in baseball things have a way of working themselves out, and that has been the case on numerous occasions for the 2013 Boston Red Sox. Hours before Game 4 of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday night, Shane Victorino decided he would not be able to play due to tightness in his back. Daniel Nava got the start in right and Jonny Gomes started in left.

Had Victorino been healthy enough to play, he would have started in right and Nava in left. That would have made Gomes the odd man out and kept him on the bench as a pinch hitter. Who knows how the Red Sox would have made out without Gomes’ go-ahead homerun off Seth Maness in the 6th inning.

Gomes’ blast proved to be the game-winner. It also happened to be his first hit of the series — he was 0-for-9 when he came to the plate in the 6th. We have no way of knowing if the situation would have been entirely different if Victorino played. Maybe Victorino would have hit a homer of his own and played the role of hero yet again. Whatever the case, the Sox are glad Gomes was in the lineup. A proven winner who is seen more for his value as a clubhouse presence, Gomes had been waiting for that moment his entire career.

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Jonny Gomes makes unassisted double play from left field (Video)

Jonny-Gomes-unassisted-double-playThe Boston Red Sox defeated the Seattle Mariners in extra innings on Wednesday night, and if not for an incredible play by Jonny Gomes late in the game the outcome may have been reversed.

Gomes, who entered the game as a pinch hitter in the 13th inning, made an incredibly rare unassisted double play in left field to save the game in the 15th. The Mariners had runners on first and second with one out when outfielder Michael Saunders slashed a sinking line drive to left. Gomes made a great diving catch and then stood up and jogged to second to double off Raul Ibanez.

Gomes certainly isn’t the most talented player on Boston’s roster, but he has been incredibly clutch this season. He has three pinch-hit homers — including a walk-off bomb — and consistently comes up with plays when the Red Sox need them. Thursday night was a perfect example, and it allowed the Sox to take back first place in the AL East from the Tampa Bay Rays.

Tampa Bay Rays, teammates mock David Ortiz for smashing dugout phone

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David Ortiz had an epic meltdown on Saturday after a questionable called strike and destroyed the dugout phone with his bat. It was easily the most dramatic outburst of the year, which is why people around baseball were having fun at Big Papi’s expense at Sunday.

For starters, NESN sideline reporter Jenny Dell tweeted the photos you see above of Boston Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster and outfielder Jonny Gomes rigging up a cup phone system in an attempt to repair the damage that Ortiz caused.

Word also spread quickly around the AL East. The Red Sox are visiting Tampa Bay on Sept. 10, and the Rays are apparently already preparing accordingly.

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Jonny Gomes Celebrates Over News of Adam Wainwright’s Elbow Injury

I know Jonny Gomes plays for the Reds who are competing in the NL Central with the rival Cardinals, but how about a little sportsmanship, huh? The hot-headed outfielder took the news of Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright’s elbow injury pretty happily, as we learned via With Leather. From the Dayton Daily News:

Jonny Gomes walked into the Cincinnati Reds spring training clubhouse early Wednesday morning singing at the top of his warbly voice.

The melody was not recognizable, but the words were plaintive: “Wainwright’s gone, Wainwright’s gone, Wainwright’s gone,” he sang joyously.

Sportsmanship at its very finest. Sure Wainwright’s injury would decimate the Cardinals and boost Cincinnati’s chances of repeating as NL Central champs, but true sportsmen want to see another team go down to defeat because of injury; you want to beat the opposing team’s best. But that’s Jonnny Gomes for you, the classic dugout top-stepper. I guess the good news is the NL Central is becoming even more intriguing than last year.

Jonny Gomes Wears the Golden Sombrero

And on May 29th, 2008, it was a momentous occasion in the life of Jonny Gomes. I hereby induct you, Mr. Gomes, into the LBS Golden Sombrero Club.

Gomes, a notorious hit-or-miss player with a lot of pop and a ton of strikeouts as well, did just that. He took the gas pipe striking out four times in a 5-1 loss to the White Sox. He punched out three times against John Danks and the fourth time was against Octavio Dotel. The dubious performance drags Gomes’ average down to a paltry .209. At least he does something to hang his hat on: he now belongs in the same club as Curtis Granderson, Matt Joyce, and Carlos Pena. Congrats, Jonny, you deserve it.