“We jumped on Boston's back. They wouldn't let us quit”
Boston Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes is crediting the city for pushing the team toward an eighth World Series championship in the wake of the Boston Bombing earlier this year, and wishes every Bostonian could get a ring.
“We're supposed to be the strong backs to carry everyone and put smiles on everyone's faces. But I think it was the other way around. I think we jumped on Boston's back. They wouldn't let us quit,” Gomes said during an appearance on “Conan” on Tuesday. “If everyone in Boston could get a ring, they deserve one, too.”
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His comment came after host Conan O'Brien — a Boston native — credited Gomes for “an amazing moment” at the end of the team's victory parade, when he placed the World Series Commissioner's Trophy on the Boston Marathon finish line.
Gomes, who appeared on the TBS late-night program alongside fellow Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino, gave fans props for being “Boston Strong” by not allowing fear of another attack get in the way of enjoying the biggest game of the year.
“Obviously, [the attack] happened right on the finish line, so you would think in your head, ‘Let's not go to the baseball game, because something bad might happen there, too,'” Gomes said. “No. Even more people came. Threw up ‘Boston Strong’ on the Green Monster we just rolled.”