Jonny Gomes: Walk this way

The Guru
Contributing Writer

Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley has his own form of baseball vernacular. Words like "high cheese", "electric gas", "hair" and "iron" all seem to make their way into an Eck conversation. But it was in 1993 that Eckersley coined a phrase that is universally used across baseball now: the walk-off.

Does it seem like this Red Sox team is bringing fans more last-gasp thrills, more bottom of the ninth lightning strikes and more walk-off wins than one can remember? Didn't we just do this a couple of days ago?

It was Jonny Go-Go Gomes that delivered the fireworks and the walk-off winner again last night with a monster mash that gave the Sox a 2-1 victory.

That's eight walk-off wins on the year. Last year they had three. The Red Sox all-time record for walk-off wins in a season is 11 during the 1978 season. The modern MLB record for most walk-off wins in a season was set in 1959 by the Pittsburgh Pirates with 18.

Think these cardiac Sox will match the record? They will if it's Jonny Gomes at the plate with the game on the line. Gomes has three pinch-hit home runs this year, two of the walk-off variety. That is the most by a Red Sox in a season since Bernie Carbo hit three in 1977.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said of Gomes, "He has a flair for the dramatic."

Here's the wet 'n wild walk-off after party with Jonny and NESN's Jamie Erdahl.

Can the hearts of Sox nation handle all these walk-offs? Comment below.

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