Jonny Gomes was in the middle of taking batting practice when Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell gave him the news.
Shane Victorino was out of the lineup because of lower back tightness. Gomes was in, batting fifth and playing left field. First pitch was only about 90 minutes away, but Gomes was completely unfazed. His demeanor never changed.
He popped back into the cage, took some more swings, then popped back out. I was in the middle of a conversation with him at the time, and he pointedly reminded me that the Red Sox were 7-1 when he was in the starting lineup this postseason.
Make that 8-1.
Gomes’ three-run homer in the sixth inning Sunday night lifted the Red Sox to a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, tying the World Series at two games each, ensuring that the best-of-7 series will return to Boston’s Fenway Park.