Red Sox OF Jonny Gomes gets attention of New York media: Yankees spend ‘$500 million and still, some questions’
|01.24.14 at 11:07 am ET|
He may have two more months before he faces off with them on the field, but Jonny Gomes made his opinion of the Yankees known Thursday night at the BBWAA dinner at Northeastern University.
“People can go out, sign whoever they want right now,” Gomes said, according to the New York Daily News, which tried to play up the comment as “trash talking” by the Sox outfielder. “It’s kind of flattering a little bit that the [division] rival does have to reload a much as they did.”
Gomes comments came just one day after the Yankees signed Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year, $155 million contract. The Yankees have spent in excess of $458 million this offseason on players including ex-Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, catcher Brian McCann and outfielder Carlos Beltran.
“It’s kind of interesting, though — $500 million and still, some questions,” Gomes said. “You’ve got McCann who hasn’t been in the American League before. The pitcher [Tanaka] who hasn’t pitched a game over here. They’ve got some guys playing different positions.
“But it’s about winning the summer. It’s not about winning the winter. That’s what we’re going to try to do again.”
“[They] are about as professional as they get in the pinstripe organization,” Gomes said. “They run a pretty tight camp.
“They’ve got some true professionals over there. They’ve got some guys coming back.”
While Gomes had some positives to say about the Yankees, Daily News columnist John Harper wrote that Gomes’ comments could give him a prominent role in the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry.
“It would be nice if Gomes is ready to play the role of the villain that [Pedro Martinez] perfected for a few years, whether it was drilling present-day hitters or threatening to do the same to Babe Ruth, if someone wanted to dig him up, as a way of thumbing his nose, pre-2004, at the famed Curse of the Bambino,” Harper wrote.
“Gomes may not be that type of villain,” Harper added, “but at least he’s not afraid to offer strong opinions about the Yankees. And who knows, maybe newcomer Brian McCann will take offense to a Big Papi bat flip and block the plate on a home run trot, the way he did with Carlos Gomez last year.”
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