Gomes to Skip Trip to White House


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Red Sox Outfielder Jonny Gomes Is Upset He Stayed on Bench in Opener; Will Skip Team Trip to White House Today

Stars and Stripes Suits Will Make Trip to See PoTUS While The Man
Who Bought the Suits Will Stay In Baltimore

April 1, 2014: BDD has learned that Turnaround King Jonny Gomes has decided to stay in Baltimore this morning as the team bus prepares for a trip to the White House. Gomes said this was not in protest of any government policy or activity, i.e. former Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas, but it is a protest of the fact that Red Sox manager John Farrell elected to keep Gomes on the bench in Boston's 2-1 Opening Day loss to the Orioles.

Gomes could have pinch-hit for new Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski in the eighth inning, or again, batted for the struggling Jackie Bradley Jr. in the ninth inning. But Farrell chose to let the man with a World Series tattoo rot on the bench.

Gomes indicated that he may hit the Baltimore aquarium today in lieu of the White House trip, but stopped short of saying he was going to head back to Boston and hope for a better fate in the home opener on Friday at Fenway. And while you are digesting this story, don't forget to look back at Sox news on this date in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, and 2004.

BDD is a feature of Boston.com. All posts are by Steve Silva unless otherwise indicated.

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