Last minute starter Gomes provides big blast
ST. LOUIS -- Jonny Gomes wasn't even supposed to start Game 4 of the World Series, but because of an injury to right fielder Shane Victorino, he was put in the lineup and provided the biggest of the game.
Gomes blasted a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the sixth inning to lead Boston to a 4-2 triumph over the Cardinals in St. Louis. He was inserted into the starting lineup once Victorino was scratched due to lower back tightness.
With the victory in Game 4, they are also thrilled that the series is guaranteed to be heading back to Fenway.
Jonny Gomes came up huge for the Sox in the sixth inning - blasting a 3-run homerun. Not bad for a guy who wasn't even in the lineup hours before the game.
“One thing I’ve always wanted out of this game was an opportunity, whether that was a uniform, whether that was a pinch hit, whether that was to get a start,” said Gomes.
Following the game Gomes said he's having trouble putting the big hit into words, but he feels his baseball path has now been written.
Gomes also admitted that David Ortiz's rallying speech in the dugout before the 6th inning did have an impact on the team.
"It was 24 kindergartners looking up at their teacher. The message was pretty powerful."
As for the exact words of that message, Gomes says that stays between Ortiz and the team.
After the game, the Baseball Hall Of Fame and museum tweeted a picture of Gomes with his bat and gloves with the caption, “Game 4 hero Jonny Gomes donates bat, gloves from winning HR to #Cooperstown.”
Gomes is donating the bat and gloves from his winning homerun to Cooperstown.
Whether he is on or off the field, fans love him. Fans said all season long he has been a character and inspiration - just a good addition to the ball club.
“Still the hero. He just sits there and comes in and does what he does when he needs to,” said one fan.
“He was fantastic and I wasn't expecting him to come out like that but he showed up when he had to. It was important to him and it was important to Boston. He came out and he definitely earned his keep,” another fan said.
Fans are hoping now that the team has reclaimed home-field advantage, it means they will see the Red Sox win the World Series at Fenway.
Of course the Sox won the championship on the road in 2004 and 2007.
Boston hasn't clinched the World Series at Fenway since 1918.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.