Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes checked in with Mut & Merloni on Monday to talk about the Red Sox’ busy offseason.
Since the Red Sox won the World Series at the end of the October, they have seen Jacoby Ellsbury and Jarrod Saltalamacchia leave as free agents, and they signed reliever Edward Mujica and catcher A.J. Pierzynski and reportedly came to an agreement to retain first baseman Mike Napoli
Gomes said his first season sharing a locker room with Napoli left him with a positive impression of the first baseman.
“I played against this guy for a long time, when he came up as a catcher with Anaheim, then over to Texas,” Gomes said. “I couldn’t really get a good read on him, to tell you the truth. Always focused — whether you’re getting in the box and he’s catching or he’s at first, he wouldn’t talk to you. I was so curious to see what I was going to get out of Mike Napoli when I was sharing a clubhouse with him. I had everything, all doors open. I didn’t want to do anything.
“This guy is truly something else. He is one of the best teammates I’ve ever had, one of the best competitors I’ve ever had, his work ethic, everything. They talk about championship-caliber players. That’s truly all he has on his mind. I’ve never seen someone in such a good mood after a tough 0-for-4 if we won. It’s team first, team second, team third for him.
“Hopefully like all the other Sox, I jumped for joy when this guy came back.”
Ellsbury is being viewed by some in Red Sox Nation as a traitor for signing with the rival Yankees, but Gomes said he doesn’t have a problem with Ellsbury signing the contract he received.
“I’m a firm believer in you are deserving of what someone’s going to give you,” Gomes said. “I’m sure a lot of people want to jump on the salary that he got, but no one wants to jump on some of the CEOs of some of these huge companies that make a lot of money, too.
“I played with Joey Votto for a while, and he did some pretty unbelievable things. I would always break it down to him, too: How many people in the world — in the actual world — can do what he can do? How many people in the world can consistently steal 50 bags in the big leagues and play a Gold Glove center field? What’s the price tag on that?
“I’m happy for him. He’s got security for his great, great, great, great, great grandkids. But we’ve got a spot to fill. At the same time, we’ve got the Executive of the Year on our side [in general manager Ben Cherington]. Hopefully we’ll get that spot filled.”
The Sox replaced Saltalamacchia with Pierzynski, who heads to Boston with a reputation as a player who can rub opponents and some teammates the wrong way. Gomes is convinced that the veteran will fit in with the Sox.
“Obviously what we built so fast inside our clubhouse is extremely important to 25 guys and the staff, that’s something I really buy into,” Gomes said. “I was [excited] when I saw an organization buy into that, which I have such high praise for as a clubhouse and chemistry. Outside of that, you want championship players. There’s not too many chemistry and good clubhouses that are in last place.
“He does have a World Series ring, and he’s been to the playoffs a whole bunch. He’s had Jake Peavy [as a teammate] in the past and [pitching coach Juan Nieves] in the past. One thing out of a catcher that I want is to play all the time, give me a couple of pull homers if you can. He can do that. I think he’s going to buy right in to what we’ve got going on.”
With the Red Sox preparing to defend their World Series title, Gomes said he expects opposing teams to be locked in to giving the Sox their best every night.
“I’ve been on the other side — when the Red Sox roll into town, you’re not going to catch anyone sleeping,” Gomes said. “Last year I don’t think we snuck up on anyone, by any means. And again this year, I think it’s going to be even that much more. I don’t know if people thought we were going to be that good and didn’t quite give us their best bullet, I don’t know what it was. But that’s definitely not going to be that this year. When you do throw on that Red Sox jersey, you definitely jump up into that heavyweight class.”
That said, Gomes isn’t afraid to set lofty goals for the 2013 Sox.
“We definitely have the belt and we’re going to hold it high,” Gomes said. “The passion that this team has, we want to do everything we can to protect that. Ideally go back to back? Absolutely. The first day of spring training last last year, we weren’t saying, ‘Let’s go .500 this year; hey, let’s just make the playoffs.’ I think all 30 teams need to set the goal to win the Word Series, So I think that’s something we’re going to do again, absolutely.”
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello after he throws his first complete game as a member of the Red Sox as the Sox beat the Angels 6-2
Former Red Sox infielder and current ESPN analyst Alex Cora joined the guys to talk MLB trade rumors and spend just a little time goofing on Rob Bradford.
Tim Neverett talks with Red Sox manager John Farrell before game 3 of their series with the Tigers. John talks about the struggles Steven Wright has had in inclement weather or days with high heat and humidity and how that might factor in to giving Wright the start on a particular day.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Dino, Buck and Butch end the program discussing two prominent AL pitchers that were in action Thursday night and how their future looks. Also, Patriots and Dolphins QBs since Tom Brady was drafted.
At Friday morning's media session, Patriots coach Bill Belichick is pressed about what might happen in Week 5 with Jimmy Garoppolo if he plays well. After three queries, Bill has had enough. Dino, Buck and Butch react.
CSN Patriots reporter Tom E. Curran joins Dino, Buck and Butch to talk the state of the Patriots as training camp opens.
No one is safe from OMF's Whiner Line
No Ordway today, as Lou and Christian discuss Pats camp and the Red Sox losing streak
Lou and Christian talk about Hanley's throwing error that cost the Red Sox the game last night against the Angels
We discuss all things from Patriots training camp day 2. The return of Jamie Collins, a frosty Bill Belichick, and Martellus Bennett is soon to be a fan favorite.
Inspired by a shark taking a bite out of Warren Sapp, we look at four of the dumbest off-the-field injuries in sports history. Suntans and pizza injuries? Yeah, we got that.
We close out the week with the best soundbites of the day and LAROY!
Kirk Minihane is joined by Boston comedy legend Lenny Clarke. If you are a fan of stand up comedy this is the podcast for you. Kirk and Lenny talk about Carlin, Pryor, Williams, Murphy and many more.
Kirk Minihane is joined by former ESPN ombudsman and New York Times writer Robert Lipsyte. Kirk and Robert discuss the current state of ESPN and how Robert feels he did in his role as ombudsman. They both criticize ESPN for the lack of journalism at ESPN and look at some of the curious decisions the world wide leader has made in the past few years.
Ben and Alex discuss the Revs roster and who is the most valuable. Would you rather have Paul Pogba or Luka Modric and Toni Kroos?
It’s almost August and Pete Davidson is hard at work on the Annual Rotobahn.com “500.” Rankings of the Top 500 for Fantasy Football. Today, the 1st edition is live featuring the Top 100. In today’s show, Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson dive into the Top Rated Runningbacks, providing analysis on the Top 13. The conversation features a deep dive on the Top Runningbacks like Ezekiel Elliot, Todd Gurley, David Johnson, Adrian Peterson, Lamar Miller and others. Get the scoop on these backs, right here at the Fantasy Football Podcast, July 29th edition. Enjoy!
John Dennis and Gerry Callahan bring Gary Tanguay in the podcenter to discuss Tango's bargaining position for Dino's job when it opens next year. The guys also discuss Kirk Minihane's latest podcast with Lenny Clarke.More from this show
The OMFers react to Max Kellerman's hot take about the decline of Tom BradyMore from this show