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Jonny Gomes says something interesting about chemistry

Jul 31, 2014, 12:49 PM EDT

Jonny Gomes is a guy many have pointed to as a “chemistry guy.” Someone who people point to as being greater than the sum of his parts. Maybe that’s true — intangibles are, by definition, intangible — but Gomes said something today about his leaving the Red Sox for the A’s suggesting that, while some may say his chemistry-adding goodness means everything, he knows better:

Of course, if he plays on a regular basis for the A’s and they win the World Series, I have this feeling people will credit the icing he brings more than the cake Jon Lester and the rest of the talented A’s roster does, but we’ll deal with that when it happens.

  1. sixchr - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Super markets in Oakland beware.

    • pisano - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      Why is Gomes a shoplifter?

      • stoicpaisano - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:53 PM

        He did eat himself into a heart attack.

      • sixchr - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:25 PM

        He made a comment this year about some nonsense about fighting people in a grocery store after the Tampa Bay thing.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      I am glad that he prefers cake rather than pie.

  2. tbird05 - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    Watching what the A’s do just make me angry with Frank Wren.

  3. nvl004 - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    How long until we find out, from an unnamed Boston source, how bad a person Lester is?

    • Rich Stowe - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:16 PM

      never – well, at least not until he signs somewhere else as a free agent

      Boston probably still hopes they can bring him back this off-season so they won’t burn that bridge…yet

      if he signs elsewhere though – look out!

      • pastabelly - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:32 PM

        I don’t think the Red Sox will say one negative thing about Jon Lester. Lester has taken the higher road during this whole ordeal. He has been a class act his entire career with the Sox. He never asked to be traded and never made any crazy salary demands. The Red Sox did to Lester what they did to Ellsbury, which is to make an offer that they knew he would never accept and then move on. They kept Ellsbury last season because they were on a WS run. I don’t think the Red Sox will make any effort to sign Lester. Ownership believes long term contracts to pitchers over 30 are mistakes. Many believe the mistake was made in not doing a deal with Lester.

    • Bob Loblaw - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      Nah, in this case, they are going to want him back in 2015 so there will not be a bad thing said about the guy. When he signs with someone else next year…..that’s a different story.

  4. edelmanfanclub - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    Will miss you Gomes, best of luck in oakland. Dude works walks and mashes lhp

  5. chacochicken - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    I was hoping for 97% of the ingredients are inert.

  6. rbj1 - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    Pie a la mode is better.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      Coconut icing on the cake.

      • rbj1 - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:18 PM

        I hate coconut

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:20 PM

        Tell that to Coco Crisp.

    • davidpom50 - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:07 PM

      In which case chemistry would be the pie crust. Important, and a bad one can ruin the pie, but still secondary to the filling.

  7. Trap12 - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    Red Sox Nation will miss this guy who is as authentic as a professional athlete can be, loves the game, plays to win, team player, and gives 100% all the time.

    Good fortune to you and win another championship.

    • titansbro - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      I’m a Sox fan but calling this guy authentic is laughable. This is the guy that told the reporter to ask him why he was someone you’d want to go to war with just so he could throw out that BS line about the WAR stat. Dude is a clown.

      Hacksaw Johnny Gomes baby!

  8. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    Case in point, nobody is interested in how well the Twins are getting along in the clubhouse. That stuff can only be a story if the team is winning.

  9. khar9 - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    If it happens

  10. goawaydog - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    In Oakland they prefer pie

    • bostonbraves1943 - Sep 4, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      How really important is “good chenmistry”? Remember the old Oakland A’s of the 70s’? They fought each other all the time, yet managed to win ALL THE TIME!

  11. mazblast - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Chemistry is one of those overrated things, cited by media hacks when things are going well or very poorly. In Oakland’s best days (the World Series titles of 1972-73-74), the players hated each other in the clubhouse, often brawling, but busted their butts for each other on the field. And I’m sure my fellow oldsters can remember the Bronx Zoo Yankees soon after that–loathed each other, sniped at each other, had each others’ backs on the field.

    • tmc602014 - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:43 PM

      Common Denominator? Reggie?

      • mazblast - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:27 PM

        Indeed. I had noticed that. People may criticize him, but he was on FIVE World Series winners in seven years. Based on that, I have to conclude that he was doing something right besides just hitting the bejesus out of the ball.

      • HFS Richard - Jul 31, 2014 at 7:49 PM

        Reggie did so much right, up until he was involved in that plot to kill the queen of England.

    • jfk69 - Aug 1, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      I couldn’t stand half the pricks I played with. And I am sure the feeling was mutual.
      But come game time we hated losing and the other team even more.

    • ml174 - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:11 PM

      Along with heart, desire, clutchness, and every other intangible you can think of. Tell me before the fact that a guy hitting .220 but is a great guy in the clubhouse WILL lead his team to the title and you are going to be wrong almost every time. But after he in on the team that wins, it’s too easy to say that a guy guy hitting .220 but is a great guy in the clubhouse HAS JUST lead his team to the title. If you are never wrong in your evaluation then you are evaluating the wrong aspect of the game. If you cannot measure it, DON’T MENTION IT!

  12. genericcommenter - Jul 31, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    I most associate this guy with the As, any way.

  13. olaffek - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    The Red Sox organization is a bum.

    • davemvh - Aug 1, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      lemme gues,you are a New Yawk Stankees fan,right??How ARHOID workin for ya this year??

  14. psousa1 - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Gomes has to be one of the few actual baseball fans to make it to the major leagues. He was a big part of that WS team.

    Farrell said something cryptic last night on WEEI in Boston – he alluded to the fact Cherington said he will be making a big push for frontline pitching in free agency. If Boston lands a Scherzer or get Lester back this will be a great trade.

    Still don’t know why Oakland would give up Cespedes

    • jfk69 - Aug 1, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      Great pitching will always beat good hitting. To be a very good you need only hit 3 out 10 at bats for hits. That and a great eye for walks. This even more pronounced in a short series. There is only one player on the field every inning who can change a game. THE PITCHER.
      When you start the year your goal is to win it all. Not hope you make the playoffs.
      How many big name hitters didn’t get it done in the playoffs and WS.
      George Steinbrenner said it best about Dave Winfield after he went 1 for 21….MR MAY!

    • bostonbraves1943 - Sep 4, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      We are slowly finding chinks in the armor of the vaunted Oakland A’s & the team they make movies about, little by little the A’s will commit slow suicide by virtue of dumb trades, losing Cespedes was and is a glaring mistake, you can see that right now, most responsible baseball people question that move. If the Red Sox get Lester back, good grief Oakland you bought rental and it blew up in your face, right now things don’t look good at all for the A’s, ya think the trade had anything to do with it?

  15. pantherpro - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Back to the trash in Oaktown

  16. tominma - Aug 23, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    As a lifelong Red Sox fan, Ive never had any reason that either Gomes or Lester were winning players. Gomes’ chemistry ideas aren’t the only thing he contributed. As for Lester, his salary demands in negotiations were too extreme. The Sox offered Lester 4 yeas at $80M plus. He’s 31-32. Lester wanted in the neighborhood of 7 years $150M. Ive never seen a 36 yo pitcher that was worth $20M/year. THAT is why they didn’t re-sign him! BUT, he’s never given Sox fans any reason to question his loyalty OR dedication to the game!

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