The Red Sox did very little at the plate in the opener of a split doubleheader Sunday. Jonny Gomes certainly did something a lot more in his first two at-bats.
With an idea created and developed by his agent, Gomes went to the plate his first two at-bats and alternated one of two specially made bats with the words “Boston Strong” and the full names of the four victims of the Boston Marathon bombings and their aftermath. Krystle Campbell, Lu Lingzi, and Martin Richard were killed in the explosions Monday and MIT police officer Sean Collier was shot to death on Thursday.
“It wasn’t me. It was my agent,” Gomes said, standing at his locker with the bats leaning against his stall after Boston’s 4-2 loss in the first game against Kansas City . “He asked me if I was able to pull it off, would I be able to do it. He made it happen.
“Two of them,” he said. “First at-bat, second at-bat. I plan on auctioning them off.”
Gomes’ agent is Dan Lozano.
MLB, union donating to fund
Major League Baseball and its players association are donating $500,000 to the fund set up to help victims of the Boston Marathon bombings as part of a $646,500 contribution baseball is sending to the One Fund Boston.
The Red Sox are pitching in $100,000 and the Red Sox Foundation is sending along a $46,500 check from donations by Red Sox fans at Fenway Park over the weekend. A set of checks was presented to Boston Mayor Tom Menino on Sunday by Red Sox chairman Tom Werner and designated hitter David Ortiz.
In addition to Sunday’s donations, the Red Sox, baseball and its players will continue to raise funds on national telecasts, on their websites and via signs at Fenway Park.