This time, Jonny Gomes faked the punt. Two weeks after his last walkoff home run, Gomes had done it again. So, too, had the Red Sox. Tied in the ninth inning Wednesday night, Gomes blasted a slider from Padres reliever Luke Gregerson into the front row of the Monster seats, the decisive blow in a 2-1 victory, the Sox' eighth walkoff win in only their 46th home game. And as he rounded third base, his teammates crowding home plate, Gomes knew he would have to improvise. Surely, he couldn't remove his helmet and punt it, Zoltan Mesko-style, like he did two weeks earlier after beating the Rays. Nobody tires of dramatic wins, but please, let's keep the celebrations fresh. So, Gomes did the first thing that came to mind. He clutched his helmet in front of his body, then quickly tucked it under his arm, buried his head and bulled his way across home plate like Curtis Martin in pursuit of a short yardage first down. "I mean, you've got to keep everyone on their toes, right?" Gomes said with a grin. "I think I'm all out of tricks now, to tell you the truth. That's about it." Indeed, the Red Sox' creativity is being tested. With last-at-bat victories becoming as common at Fenway Park as "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" during the seventh-inning stretch and "Sweet Caroline" midway through the eighth, they may need to hire a choreographer to start scripting their postgame revelry. Consider this: The Red Sox are tied with the Giants for the most walkoff wins in the majors. They already have as many walkoffs as they did in both 2010 and 2011. The club record is 13, set in 1940, and there are still 35 home games remaining.
Jonny Gomes rips another walkoff homer in Red Sox' victory
Boston Herald | Jul 4