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Red Sox Outfielder Jonny Gomes: Championship year started in the spring

Feb 24, 2014|

The always energetic Jonny Gomes joined Dennis and Callahan in person at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers to chat about a busy offseason and the 2014 campaign. Gomes also details his new tattoo inspired by the World Series Championship.

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Didn't support the final hour Dennis and Callahan broadcasting live Red Sox spring training Fort Myers, Florida jetBlue park joining us here at the broadcast center a year after that the first time. Johnny Gomes joined this morning -- how aria. It recently rated very -- we -- up back in Boston hey how short did this offseason feel and hasn't had any effect on your preparations in your ability to get. Physically and mentally ready to geared up again. On what came in you know a 100% mentally checked in. Physically. You know my numbers in my you know strengths you know -- the weights that you -- you know you're squat wager bench wage here. You know your conditioning you know 2030 you know acknowledged. Are right on pace. The mentally there but you know I mean obviously what you know see how it pans out but I mean I'm I'm right where I need to be. The cliche question would be much more comfortable are you in this environment in this clubhouse that you were a year ago but my -- was you were never -- -- what you got it right. Yeah I guess in general be -- we'd be uncomfortable anywhere right you know. But should help a lot better now yeah no more better but I think. You go with the guys that were here there's a lot of unanswered questions about what was gonna happen yeah you know I mean. 20112012. Not yet and thirteen you know obviously you know the backlash the big trade. Couple guys come over -- your -- what's gonna happen. So I think it's a lot of unanswered questions but. We we ride pretty quick and you know -- searching you know championship you know October 30 but anyway you know it started out here and had to you you're right World Series. Hero you kind of became the folk hero you had a at the parade to kind of stole the show you a big story budget Sports Illustrated. But when you come to spring training is at the same old story we have light for your job. Yeah. Like I found myself you know last year you know I signed early in bounds. You know as one of I was you know the only active guy really -- you know hundredth career homers before his thirtieth birthday and do it all on a one year deal. So I mean there are finally did this two year deal in reality just one more year guaranteed. And you know I think -- -- you know it is the monkey off my back but I mean it it couldn't change who I was having my body is like guy it again. You got hit you -- don't get it out you don't so. I mean to your four year -- deal I mean I I guess they're there's one way and one speed we have a game. You're in the second year between you're doing your first multi year deal as you point out. Some guys in that clubhouse are going into the second year to year deal and they're not happy they won an extension that demanding an extension right what you -- you gonna demand an extension like. Like -- How. I don't I don't have the Cooperstown resonated this guy has and you know I felt like drug -- in the lineup you know. But you know well deserved on his part understandably you always got going on. I don't think you know in any means my situation -- got my career. Obviously that's you know. Probably you know 345. You know reasons why we play this game -- nobody's gonna win but you know there's -- different helmet you know with security. And a whatnot your family and you know once they were your -- sort of stories come from. And because again they got pressured Alicea and you're. Last year or in the World Series during the playoffs Ferrell made a point keep you in the lineup when he normally would probably not so we just had a feeling -- just felt better when you're. Now this year -- when you want that same situation to be frustrated you're sure that seems it was just a regular season last or not is getting more playing time you want to play every day. Obviously it's easier -- battling -- I -- play every day since you know I got I got drafted right or prepare myself to play every day. My stay healthy to play every day. What I did flasher avenue for eight years -- -- -- five or basketball you know. I read the lineup you know that's files I do that try to be prepared for what number five called upon and number five was called for a couple -- rusher for you know pinch hit you know it's you know -- -- Duo of Labor Day is playing a simple yes and I think if you don't wanna you know play every day war years era game. You've -- stayed quiet publicly but does that not mean you Mike would talk to managers say hey skip you know I'm kind of chomping at the bit here. I think earlier I don't get you know I Jackie Bradley wants -- you know I think will abrupt -- here but you express it to to the manager. Oh yeah a hundred and -- you know we should work ethic Asian migrant BC you know power play the game. The same time to results driven industry you know I mean you you've got to go to results mean. You know -- -- you know certain moral point with a gut feeling that they did it -- jobs right that's why. We have the manager for a couple days ago he talked about the use of turn two or three times about this baseball -- baseball team beat the most genuine. Group the guys he's been around what does it mean by the most genuine but you guys have been around just -- -- -- I mean I I go to generate it. And that's been there done that as a fifth but. I mean. Obviously some things are really stand out when Theres obviously some things are really stand out would finish in last place but like what what stood out a long X. You know other things -- you know where accustomed to I mean I've -- Carlos Peña you know and you 49 home runs that stood out. Of the Joey bottle when he won the MVP and that's it out. I mean individually and stats like nothing stood out you know we had a top ten MVP have a top ten Cy Young. So statistics don't really stand out what really stood out was. The brotherhood. The ball on yet the ball and I mean. Would you last how to describe you know last year you know it's. That was -- I mean it was like after Amory union every day and I mean all the way to October 30 were still to get to the yard. -- what moment that stands at do you what's the one more do you remember -- wouldn't be. The home run. I guess the Cardinals wouldn't -- the finish line at the end of the correct -- -- to finish you know true because I mean I I didn't sign up for this game to hit a homer in the World Series. I sign up for this game they hit a home run at any point in our senators and -- World Series. And that's what I wanna do it and there -- some guys on the losing side that hit -- home -- in the World Series yeah you know I'm sure they're not right around all offseason talk about it you know. I a valued the parade. Way more than I value you know that the game individually you know I mean. It was you know appreciate shall run you know but you know I I signed up to win the trophy and that that's what we did. On the day of the duck boat parade Dempster told us we interviewed him that this was the first time in his whatever it was 1213 years of Major League Baseball. That he was on a team that did not have a hole in the clubhouse. Is that rare do you agree that. Is it rare yeah absolutely yeah what it's always a couple a couple. -- and then. And then there's some guys who like that able but I understand. And then there's some guys that will rally around him and your clubhouse split. Justice David in this situation is there is their situation there were guys and become a holes because success he's had there were no Eagles -- department last year right you're here every day and yesterday -- -- There -- -- -- It doesn't make a but they're they're chewing up and I don't know -- sounds -- -- but there's here whether it's big poppy is resonate PD has resonate you know Lester has risen. They're not more important than the 29 man in the guy who's going to spot for either truly not. Every one. Has you know equal on now of them -- you know and that is -- to those intangibles that -- I mean every. You've seen them felt them to carry over Kentucky's feel like that missed the would have to build that'll that. Well you know how we -- the elite you know how we won the division nail in the World Series. Which you need and we didn't work on those things -- you know we worked on. You know a character. We've worked on you know a unity as a team. So we work on walk off home runs here last year you know we didn't work on. They would have a -- which have four closers you know we were so. We don't know what adversity bombs -- finish you know. So we just you know play each game individually you know so. At the end of the day it's it's all about. Those that would apply the human nature theory to a baseball team in particular a defending World Series baseball championship team might dispel the theory well they have their thirst -- they won't be quite as hungry you'll be quite as driven you see any sense of that whatsoever and -- yet. Guard against that as a manager -- that you guys address that or just the makeup of -- war -- a lot of them. -- More spent than last year I mean. There's more drills there's more based there's more hitting and I've won on other teams you know and we are not without winning the World Series and other teams. We come to camp the following year and seems like we're having a parade during spring -- attendance is up season tickets is out there's more people here everything's great. We can win lecture notes or why wouldn't break I mean it's it's truly you know the exact opposite this year. A lot of people thought peavy was crazy for a -- that well but -- -- topped them and yet when carved into this yeah yeah. Hardly offseason was -- Lot of crazy stuff isn't like yeah I think that's the only thing this offseason is. A -- if you will that's not coming off. I don't think it was the highlight by any means I got a much tattoos and every single -- -- second hurts like heck you know guys. Question entirely of five hours and then paid to guys wouldn't that's why it took five hours but yet yet it hurts the whole -- whole time. Hope I'm not I'm not a hard guy Soledad is a god and her dad I don't pressure him everywhere I could never do that get that W up a little bit -- they'll they'll do anything that -- -- no children don't know. -- -- all natural what do you do you watch TV I just think it's openly Aggies watch TV and -- down. From left cause that's called commitment John had to sit out there commitment -- do anything crazy do bungee jumper. I don't know my my everyday life you know pretty -- Jason around three kids in -- once for. But I Yemen you've just had a great you know opportunity get home -- you know to get back to it you know husband Gavin hood and yet you know same time right back to work early you know. But you know nothing nothing to -- tattoos for the kids not yet not yet not yet -- It was a -- this thing up two quick questions -- quickly. Also -- teammates aside fun aside Boston's strong aside what was the eye Popper for Jonny Gomes in terms of playing at Fenway Park and for the public that route. But didn't seek common. I'm not sure wood on what what I saw comment and truly was. Emotional for me because I've been on the other side was how to see rally around John Lackey I mean you've got to understand I mean that's a one lady there. It more now yeah you know I mean. From him personally change your whole body right overhauling his body showing commitment -- mean. There's some people that are price skill and their base it's seven or eight years old that went through what John Lackey. And to come back and -- -- Wear this uniform and still want to pitch in Fenway Park after he was Houston I -- Expected I don't know however that goes yeah but I mean. You know it. Went out in left field man in this 40000 whatever -- Lackey Lackey I mean I about -- out I'd. Playing outfield full blown goose bumps and were -- won't mean that rate there. True stand you know like. This city you know and like. Yup we're gonna -- you -- a 100% but guess what you know if you one turnaround would be a pro like John Lackey did. We got through their Q I guess I gotta get mr. credit because his arm was hanging by drink. He wasn't pitching very well he is -- -- -- never said a word about what he was an effective yeah yeah exactly I mean you know in. If it's awesome that we are able to you know he was -- group you know overall that innate goodness and you know -- -- -- you know you don't want to crotch and Lackey and it was everything in his power to tip his -- he's not that guy yet -- beat the Cowboys keep this cowboy hat down just. Works on the fans to settle down you know you camp or so -- -- on the you won a world mentioned. Yeah. It started with just just an idea and now I'm feeling of you know the marathon obviously -- -- around there I think it's going to be you know legendary you know for. This coming up here on. But you know it is affecting of people that were affected physically. In the bombing and I don't know how they feel about it or whatever but I was like you know you fall off before she got it right back on and I need to get those people back in there somehow some way. It's -- -- if you lost let you know if they're not running anymore so. You know crowd rise slash -- known. Armed were raised in a bunch of money and what went on to do is. We're gonna. By and build of these custom racing wheelchairs custom racing and cards from people that you know you wanna go their hands. And then the custom racing you know buggies and see guys pushing people not inexpensive. New and you're talking you know open item on the 3500. To 7000 for some -- -- in every single one will be individual customized. For the person who wants to race and you know hopefully we're gonna run out you know of people you know in America and get back in it so minister -- a -- -- to maybe. You know -- wounded soldier you know who it's -- rehab is weight back and we're going to be able to get real marathon runners though he had area prosthetic -- -- audience again -- -- get in touch and how they can help -- told Jonny -- let ups -- crowd rise -- crowd right slash -- -- And -- the marathon being so active you know this year you know from John Hancock on the way to to where I mean it they barely -- -- a bird you know in -- -- about their inside out. So kind of question -- guys -- and it was about twelve months you know to you know help raise money. And then I'm also doing it up some of these guys you know in the club house -- you know guys -- aware. They will have a custom wheelchairs have your Dustin Pedroia and Dustin Pedroia is gonna buyer wheelchairs can be you know fifteen guessing you know throughout. And you know it's it's it's going to be pretty exciting I think it's going to be some -- against the bodies in the -- and you know push -- it -- to -- you know -- and cheated you know just. You know what whatever they're going to -- begin -- twenty plus miles belt. Great idea great we're appreciated area and reflect the conversation Johnny go to Dennis Kelly and you get those golf balls are not. Every given the gap on him with a baseball bat -- that bit as good as they've done a good luck tiger are right day ever read yes. Visiting Dennis -- and in spring training. The season doesn't pro V one golf balls featuring the Red Sox World Series championship logo the plate number thirteen to commemorate their 2013. Title. The most play ball on the PGA tour and at every level competitive golf. And gift cards to the -- fish bowl wayside -- Burlington the wayside comments up in Boston Cranston, Rhode Island doings in Connecticut self winter Connecticut and of course. Fort Myers, Florida. Dennis and Callahan will be right back.

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