We have to admit. We are beginning to fall in love with Jonny Gomes. Maybe its because he plays the game with so much emotion. Maybe it is because one of these days he is going to actually hit the cover off the ball, a la Roy Hobbs in The Natural. Maybe it is because one of these days he will be the first person to hit a ball out of the Trop. Maybe it is because he almost died of a heart attack at age 22. Or MAYBE…just maybe we love Jonny Gomes because he looks like Mr. Kotter. Whatever it is, we are beginning to believe that Gomes is one of those rare players that actually gets better when the game is on the line. Last night Gomes helped solidify his position as our favorite D-Ray with his first career grand slam to break a tie in the eighth inning against the Orioles. We all love Rocco Baldelli…we think Carl Crawford is immensely talented…we can’t wait to see what Delmon Young and B.J. Upton can do in the big leagues. But right now? Jonny is our guy. He is fun to watch.
Rays Get A Win In Grand Fashion [Tampa Tribune]