2013 MLB World Series: Jonny Gomes The X-Factor For Boston Red Sox

By Ryan Wenzell
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There has been one common denominator in the Boston Red Sox winning games in October: Jonny Gomes. He’s started in every win for the Sox, and Gomes again will likely get the start in left field in a wise choice for manager John Farrell.

Gomes brings a grittiness to the club that seems like a theme with Red Sox players. While he won’t wow you in any way he plays good defense, gets timely hits, and is a real spark plug and ball of energy both on the field and in the clubhouse.

This was another A-plus signing by general manager Ben Cherington. It is incredible the turnaround the Sox have had in one season by going from bottom dwellers in the AL East to playing in the World Series for a chance at another world championship.

It really is one of the greatest turnarounds in all of sports, and guys like Gomes are responsible for this. The Sox targeted hard nosed, blue collar type players in the offseason and got three in Shane Victorino, Mike Napoli, and Gomes.

We all saw what Victorino did. His grand slam vaulted the Red Sox into the World Series. Napoli has come up with clutch hit after clutch hit in the form of the long ball as he has helped power the Sox into this position.

Gomes just does all the little things well. He gets on base, he plays defense, and he lays it all out there. That’s a theme not just for Gomes but the entire locker room. The Sox have won every game that Gomes has started in, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

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