According to Fox Sports, former Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes has signed a 1-year, $2 million, deal with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan. At the age of 35, Gomes has played with seven different MLB teams, and won world championships with the Boston Red Sox in 2013 and the Kansas City Royals last season.
In 13 seasons, Gomes batted .242 with 162 home runs and 526 RBI, primarily as a role/bench player. However, Gomes is known for being a great teammate and clubhouse presence. Check out his speech from when the Royals won the World Series last season:
Lets all be perfectly honest right now; no one knows what the hell he is talking about. No one. But that doesn't even matter. Did you see the way his teammates were eating up every word he spit out in the background? They love him and thats the way it should be. As a ballplayer, you don't need to be the most talented or athletic person on the planet to inspire and will your team to win(s). It's what makes the game so special.
It sucks that Gomes has to go to Japan now, but it seems like there wasn't much interest in him from major league clubs. However, Jonny Baseball wanted it to be known that this isn't his last rodeo:
"This isn't a farewell tour. This isn't like my last year. I have no plans of hanging it up. I can always come back or, if I take off over there, finish my career there."
Can you imagine Jonny Freakin' Gomes talking to his agent about not getting a contract?
Anyways, I appreciate everything that Jonny Gomes did for our club back in 2013. He didn't put up 30 home runs or 100 RBI, but his timely hitting and the raw emotion that he gave to a city that desperately wanted something to cheer about was incredible.
So, from every Red Sox fan,
Thank you, Jonny.
By Pete Packowski