Gomes using 'Boston Strong' bats on Sunday

Gomes using 'Boston Strong' bats on Sunday
April 21, 2013, 6:30 pm
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BOSTON -- In an effort to honor the victims of this week's tragic events in Boston, Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes and his agent had four customized bats made for Sunday's double-header against the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park.

Gomes' agent drove the bats -- created by Victus Sports -- to Boston from New Jersey in time for the first game on Sunday.

It read, "Boston Strong" with the names of Marathon bombing victims Martin Richard, Lu Lingzi and Krystle Campbell, and slain MIT campus officer Sean Collier.

"I think there's a couple other characteristics and things that come into play when you do become a professional," said Gomes after the first game. "I don't think you're a professional just for your talents. I think you have to be a role model. You're representing a whole area. Such a unique situation like that, and how it touched all our hearts, to just being scared and locked down, to some people losing their lives. I think everyone it's up to something, individually or as a team, to help the community out.

"It's definitely not about me, by any means. It's just about who's on the bat and the cause that it's going to help out."

Gomes used two of the four customized bats in the first game. He plans on having the entire Red Sox team sign them and auction them off to raise funds for the victims.