Gomes: 'I definitely didn't want to go anywhere'

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Gomes: 'I definitely didn't want to go anywhere'
July 31, 2014, 1:30 pm
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Everybody knows how important Jon Lester was to the Red Sox over the years, but he's not the only player going over to the A's in a deal for Yoenis Cespedes.

Jonny Gomes, who the Sox signed to a two-year deal last season, is heading over to his former team with Lester. Gomes played a big role in the Sox World Series title last season, becoming a mainstay in outfield more than expected when he originally signed.

His personality was one that stood out on a Sox team that bonded last season in what John Farrell called one of the closest teams he's ever been a part of.

Gomes spoke about the trade on WEEI Thursday morning.

"I think I'm in a situation right now where I'm getting packaged up with the best pitcher in the game and heading over to a team with the best record in the game," Gomes said. "So I'm a little bit excited there, but at the same time you talk about a soft spot in my heart and a soft spot with some of the relationship I've made in Boston, that this chapter, for the time being, has come to an end."

Gomes is a free agent at the end of the season, and like Lester, loved his time in Boston. If it was up to him, he would have stayed here - and it sounds like he'd love to be back.

"I definitely didn't want to go anywhere and I just can't fathom a baseball player saying he'd ever want to get out of Boston, to tell you the truth," Gomes said. "I came here on a whim, I came here when this team finished in last place and I wanted to join this club when it was in last place. It brought a pretty magical wave last year and this year things haven't gone as well as we were hoping. At the same time, this is the Boston Red Sox, if you're a fan of the game, to feel the toe-end of that batter's box where some of the greats have, and just to wear that uniform and at the same time share relationships, and at the same time hit in the same BP group of as David Ortiz, and [Mike] Napoli, and Dustin Pedroia. Jim Rice, Luis Tiant walking around and all the greats and the pitchers up there. That's the stuff that I don't take for granted by any means."

Nobody will question Gomes' effort out there on the baseball field, or his personality in the clubhouse. You would be hard-pressed to find anybody within the organization that wasn't a friend or fan of his. While he wishes it ended differently in Boston, he doesn't leave with any hard feelings.

"Definitely not angry by any means. I'm not angry at anyone," Gomes said. "I can honestly say, I came here, I played in Boston for a year in a half. I've ran out every single ground ball, I never came out of a game for a physical reason, a physical reason never stopped me from playing a game, and I never went on the DL. I think I might be the nay one from 2013 spring position player who could say that about themselves, that the durability was there. I was ready when No. 5 was called every single time, and I was treated right by the manager and by the GM, so definitely not angry.

"We all know that me being a fan of the game and the history of the game, to be able to leave this place, not ideal, but at the same time I can go back to Game 6 in Fenway and put a smile on my face. And of course going over to Oakland where I'm from, born and raised, I'm a diehard A's fan as a kid growing up. [In] 2012, [I] was able to put AL West Champs sticker on the wall. Now I'm taking the best pitcher in the game and heading over to the best record in the game, so that's pretty exciting."