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Red Sox Left Fielder Johnny Gomes talks about being a journeyman in Major League Baseball

Feb 14, 2013|

Boston Red Sox left fielder Johnny Gomes sat down with D&C and talks describes what it's like to bounce from team to team in the big leagues. Gomes also went into great detail as to why he's nothing like Kevin Millar.

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Welcome back my friends sets though Randy Fort Myers, Florida all you people in Boston jealous of us being down in the warm temperatures can take greatly in the fact that the kind of a crappy weather data minors like it's going to be a lot of indoor cage work. It's our number three to number two doubles and Kelly and joining us here broadcasts -- new faces one of the many new faces on the Boston Red Sox a -- Jonny -- John welcome let's -- yeah. -- -- to go so far. So -- so. You know just one day in today's the physical so. It's haven't been in Florida spring training in a while yes. And Goodyear at the reds in the gays. So not used to all this you know there has been 88. Long line. Irascible there's that word irascible Red Sox over the years almost seem to be sort what the birth right from Ted Williams yeah as to Jim Rice the Becker some other people. And it was almost sort of the Red Sox way to be. Resistant TB. And approachable difficult difficult -- You ready to keep up the addition I don't think I heard edited -- that is what we hear Johnny I could be difficult because there isn't it varies from meeting in -- but. You know one of the things I don't take for granted it is you know for one it's our outlook and be -- flied out you know skills aside you know everything else -- Allah and be here. And you know I'm not it you know dinosaurs so therefore. You know being on the other side defense and not too far removed from grown up in California two teams right there -- the Giants and you know when -- On guys don't -- going to a ball game you know -- a foul ball well just an eye contact from a player's. Look at them as a -- as -- there cartoon characters are robots you know. You know don't forget those days and and now that I'm here -- uniform you know -- an opportunity acting you know to the PH from human mean if you. It says in the clubhouse this is one of the greatest clubhouse guys there are beyond you know your love of the game and in in your your roots in the game life experiences has shaped the way you decide to approach like correct. Yeah. Some bumps in the road some adversity. A heart attack. Jeff Hart well yeah rarity check out one off you know thankfully he would check up a heart attack I guess I do it when he -- -- it's gonna get another whenever 62. But yeah I mean you know I'm grateful for -- I'm grateful for that people I have around -- am grateful for my health. I'm grateful for my skills and everything. So was their Florida take for granted you know in. Can it be exhausting quote book living everyday like it's your last win every game like it's your last you know absolutely. But the same time you know from the road I've taken. You know nothing is against you really not hit the snooze alarm is that true because you don't want to miss ten minutes of the day. It is so. Funny that -- I did say that interview last night. And I wanted to take my alignment thrown across -- and it just went right back yet but I yeah everything's -- you know -- you about. But. Mean gosh you who -- you know assurance that it you know a couple of times but I mean it's true story you know I don't hit it and I mean. You know how how tired are you there's a Starbucks are done in -- So it's just -- has little -- yet what what. What for dodger clubhouse demeanor take I mean it is or is it jokes is it just in relating mean what what what would we see of we were in the club off watching you. Meet and greet your new teammates. We'll I mean. I'm sure you guys are the best of friends at all outsiders you know that's. Yeah -- got you know but you know I mean I don't care what professional and -- you know I mean if you're working with your friends you know. If you're working in a healthy environment to work and have fun environment. You know the the performance. You know. -- you know -- a little bit. I was go back to a little you know metaphor mean when your voters old on the sand lot to a result on the basketball court. You got two captains here one of the captains you know we've picked. You know pick the best player you pick your friend yeah you know that's -- right your -- home with that you're going to dinner with your parents -- go to -- get -- -- with them all week and you know so. You know that that's how it needs to be you know big league level I mean. You know when your playing Little League Baseball in your your best friend pitching here in the outfield you're diving during that ball right you know -- -- percent. And with that being said if it's the other way obviously might be a step slower you might be you know markers here you know again thrown balls or you know vice Versa so. You know when you go to battle with your true friends and family you know things things happen quicker. It doesn't sound that hard to be a really good clubhouse guy and a good guy you'll make a lot of money in -- by. Maybe you know by Major League Baseball standards that your -- -- -- -- -- he got a lot going on in your favor here. Why don't more guys have more guys like you. Your great years. To report you know people's you know Washington played a game this week you know your your throwback player. Like I can play back and I don't know throw back you know -- a waiting game right you know I respect the game and of them -- throwback. But. It's interesting where the game is going right now with so many young players having so much. You know hole you know and be given so much. It was so much money in the draft and I guess it's it's really not their fault I mean these kids are so good you know I mean. Back in the day you played rookie ball in -- rookie he played a double triple and if you're ready to go your 456 years in minor leagues in. -- -- a -- able -- you have a great double play you know now kids -- just jump -- and yeah I mean you see with some young talent they are that did. So -- You know they come up with you know the -- on the -- -- radio -- You know -- you that 500 at bats once in your life you are we believe. The starting left fielder he would do you expect 500 -- -- this year is this going to be a year when you face righty and lefties and they're considered full time guy out there. Well this is you know what -- grandstand and I don't know you know people were you know jumping on -- for too much forever. Do I expect -- no in my ratings for yes. And whoever else is in competition for left field expect to get 500 you know that's like me saying. I expect to win the World Series. Are -- I don't know but you know you gotta set your goals and got it you know shoot high -- Would -- I sat here and said. I hope my -- 250 at bats and I hope we finish at 500. I hate that yeah it we laugh -- that -- inspirational right now but when I say in my ready to play 162 yet and the healthy enough -- -- -- 62 yet when you signed here. I assume you have other options. Is there an agreement -- deal with that said not written -- said. -- you're a guy in left and we're gonna let you gonna play 120 games 130. Yeah I mean when you hit the free agency market obviously you wanna go you know where there's the most playing time in -- ago. Where you know the opportunity you know rise the most. Would that -- instead an old manager Lou Piniella said this is a results driven industry. The results are there you play. The results are there you know play. I've never been handed -- starting job. Have had starting jobs -- any of them you know. And all those jobs -- had to be you know earned and you know stuck with. You know one season with two father passed since -- read -- Central. You know every single day I came to the ballpark I didn't expect my name in the line really. But you know I've yet to its history its way deeper in the game right now it's earned what can you hold the job every you're somewhere else and you win. You win every year like Mike can't why doesn't someone say he's invaluable we need him let's keep the 34 years. Well I think from what I brought to clubs you know. Doesn't really shine in a single season. I always say if you we need to Beijing in. Paid market club. That kind of shines if you do in a small market team it becomes a Cinderella story and you know considered lucky. So grant that I had three division titles in the last five years oracle three lucky but he can't do it again and they do it's it's -- metro x.s and again these days. You know. There's no Saber metric for chemistry there's no Saber metric for winning receiver metrics for all these individual sports in. I think. You know -- kinda. You know. Not really benefit me you know I mean guys look at me. On a piece of paper might not really shine when you look at my track record may resonate more -- -- -- for ball clubs in Malaysia. I find it interesting 32 years of age Johnny and this contract the just slammed the Boston Red Sox is the first multiyear contract of your big league career. Not ideal but -- definitely that I do sing it for your supper every year. Re air you see some of these some -- young hot shot and they note aim -- to go to arbitration yet you know just getting locked up. But I tell you what fortunately and unfortunately you know it bounced around. But -- you do about surrounds and for me it's -- you know the youngest organization in the game in Tampa and it's great for it or oldest organization in the Cincinnati Reds. The team wrecker of cheer for the Oakland a's you know I've played in our capitol in Washington. With all that being said I've played under -- -- know what Joseph Maddon Dusty Baker Davey Johnson and Bob Melvin. In these bias from all those guys. Played with guys like Fred McGriff and Tino Martinez Scott Rolen Jim Edmonds. You know Jayson Werth. You know young guys harper Strasburg. All the guys over in Oakland and have popped champagne in three different cities you know so. I'm. I'm grateful I really -- What's the connecting thread the three between those three teams where you pop champagne beyond the obvious of you know guys having good years and people staying healthy is our connective. Kind of tissue that that holds all together. Was he wants you know twice and and three times. -- that are not there there is a lot in common you know there truly is. You know -- kinda. You know compared to hitting my. How many different ways are there to hit home runs and talking like stances and lies and he got behind and get below hands yeah Ohio although elbow inside you know. Outside. But on. Once you break to swing down to like inside the strike zone what you bring to swing down. Now you're -- your follow through but what happens you know in the middle of the zone is very very similar. To -- but you know grant left or right handed but all right handed you know in certain years the same. So. You know over here in -- your marital -- -- animal -- you know and then last year you don't know whenever it. Doing that Bernie dance all the stuff I mean there's a little similar you know little quirks that you gotta have. You know but he would. All of -- manager. Who's the best that was the best manager and the best player who played for -- and -- Never never never lie. Rate my managers today is truth obviously of those names that said you know Madden and Noah dusty. -- and you know Bob. All of them first class all the well decorated. World Series except for dusty -- and as a player and a manager. Best player. I mean. Coming up with Tampa you know back in the old days in the green Munis and I think -- the first overall pick you know for century years right -- so I mean I came up with you know Josh and putting Carl Crawford. Rocco Baldelli you know all those guys -- and have a chance or the reds -- got Joel Otto. You know over and watched in Strasburg. Did you think Josh Hamilton was gonna be able to keep it together and get it together and become this player did you think he was just going off the rails are -- And -- news getting back. He. He's an unbelievable guy he's. I mean I think you know people -- away on the negative but what he did in that -- that he took. But I mean he's doing stuff you know it is human beings can't do you know I mean. We're talking a guy common out of that that dark place that he was in field hit balls further than anyone in the world -- he's one of one of things in the world you know others. Thirty teams there's not all thirty teams have a guy like Josh which even brings it you know small percentage. You know like Jim Edmonds you know Scott Rolen at third you know world decorated -- -- guys you Martinez Fred McGriff. I mean so many great setup in the you know be around and -- is about. As well. Yeah you I think you play against varieties -- there's a righty on the hill opening day when you've been in the lineup. As a result streak in the right then let's talk about it to -- nine last year against race was that an aberration or you just the -- going to be that type -- platoon guy forever. Well that that's again you know the stats that I think -- you know. Not hiding from but it's tough when you break -- -- the name of the game and in the game it is time. You know. I think I was fortunate this offseason kind of shine because. The Detroit Tigers try to struggle in the World Series for things that I did all year. Talk about it lefties turns out hit lefties tough when he got Barry Zito and Baumgartner. Having great games against tiger is the best team in the American League he got the Tigers who have five days off you know. And and you have to go to the World Series talk and not a platoon player mentality where you would. Going to Tampa face David Price sit for the other three games going in new York and kept -- out of the short game. So now you've got CC sabathia with 45 days rest you know. So those are my two starts in a week in and media catcher righty it's only day -- and I haven't faced a righty in nine days. So my first at bat timing timing and bad timing and their -- for the day's over. You timing on track for tomorrow batting practice are you here because as sabathia price. Early and the reason in your mind. There's actually a lot more -- he has -- involved Morey yeah Renault to victory in Toronto. Yeah more price -- some reasonable and that's -- him more him and you do it that you've got to try to do here last year. Not having nine or two and of the top thirteen winners were left handed American League. So when you talk about again you know someone who hits lefties. Those days off for everyday right writer -- you know yes CC sabathia and and you -- mark early to get David Price and Nina you know more the young kid. Those -- days off I mean those are days where. I have to get in there and -- column Randy Johnson days -- for lefties at least that's for you know that's kind of how I got the rule was written you know you know we had. You know with -- -- you know Johnson was -- Back and -- BJ Ryan -- right you know and then I was on a few guys and to have been doing that Austin now I can hit lefties. It right do now you know it's such a conclusion. Johnny said that day it's tough to appreciate what you do what to bring to a ballclub in just a short sample one year does that mean we appreciate you even more second -- Boston Red Sox a year from now. I sure hope so you know I mean it would be nice you know from myself my family we don't -- -- and all you know how tough it is drive and across the country and you know. Pop anew place and -- and in other ways Sony's two years old you know he has three or four different periods you know round. Yeah -- you know would be nice and there's two -- succeed in this game you know and separate these two things down and you can look at the the guys in this game. What his opportunity. You know you can't succeed without opportunity. Not many guys going to the all star game. It's you know which means in the opportunity. Into -- jobs here. There's not many too many guys at the all star game that are on one year deal you know. When you break down. Us as players mentally when there's no job security when you go for foreigners changing views and now and go for four and has changed -- treated. You go for Ford house and they would grab the prospect statistic -- used that stuff into. You can't shine on the bench so there's opportunities and you breakdown -- guys in this game you very bills are you very. You know us in the pot shots just those two things -- opportunity jobs here. So it would be nice to have those exit isn't an insult when some -- and good luck -- And it Charley -- team you'll go to the playoffs you have to -- -- yeah so. That's OK with that hum. You know. I know how to win and it takes to win and I think first and foremost I want you know and that's one injury that. The reason I signed up for this game doesn't everybody. No I don't think so not anymore you know I think people play this game you know for. The same calm. -- finances we have what we -- -- his game for the money list in front round. I -- offering right now -- -- I've seen some. Kind of old timers you know. Love field time and it was great you know -- it is last year net you know the only team with you know. Only one of two teams with three straight you know World Series series four or. Before five and just being around those guys mean the three hero it's unbelievable you know in. In ninety team with the reds you know of course it's. What I do during. Would -- abruptly with a big -- -- -- it is -- yeah is -- -- but. You know action it's over your head it's off the wall right right you know his way over here it's gone so you know about that you know -- simplify it it's -- bit shorter throws and -- the dish you know it's. Stop guys from taking extra base. And you know it takes a bad hop off the loss felt all's well -- This new ballpark Gunner is that is is a replication of Fenway Park including the wall here assume you're spending some time on this field dirt behind us. Sure hope so you know. Would be helpful but down -- -- -- players that I came up in Tampa. Made it through the system fairly fast in the minor leagues and draft 2001. But -- the Durham Bulls as a triple A you know affiliate for Tampa and they have a green it's a -- all actually but -- sustained you know dimensions -- this place. So. Is it big league and oh -- you know I probably have you know well over 300 games you know underneath outlaw. It was funny as a youngster is 22 pointers about status room noise -- and myself for the Red Sox like. So. Not battle that wall and you know I've had fun with the law but you it's very easy to played out wall unit overall yeah so that they get -- -- mode you know have more and have you heard. Some people expect you to be the next Kevin Malone. Get more and actually when -- difference somehow I had a feeling yeah we've we've known each other for awhile. But we just can't be compared to teachers on twice as good look at them and he actually guys is there through guys I do not dye my hair he frosted that's -- terrorists it's a guy you -- -- -- -- need to do at a barber out of our jobs. His front two -- their fate. I don't have fake teeth -- -- I had twice as much calories -- and then. I got three inches on the forms over him like there's others actually nothing compared with him and speaking of four arms and take a wild guess here you like you have COLT forty -- somewhere in your collection. My son's name is cold well yes. You'll show that. And beauty yeah is my kids. -- Call Zoe and you go to the same tattoo parlors Josh Hamilton he has I think always in mountain you know again luckily from being a dad yet. Well welcome very good to meet you look forward to work to see it but -- park when that would all picks up for real north appreciated as though but -- -- -- osu afterward area just don't know -- Callahan.

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