While one former Oakland Athletics player is struggling in the World Series, another one who was struggling had a very big night last night in Game Four.
Jonny Gomes, one of the key motivational cogs in the A's run to the unlikely American League West title of 2012, hit a three-run home run for the Boston Red Sox last night against the St. Louis Cardinals to help his new team even up the Series at two games apiece.
The part-time outfielder and Petaluma native is just a career .143 hitter in the postseason (over 16 games and 42 at-bats in 2010, 2012 and 2013), but none of that mattered last night when he broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the sixth with his big hit.
Gomes is hitting just .100 this postseason for Boston, but no hit could have been bigger for the Red Sox, who were facing a dire situation of falling behind 3-1 in the Series last night.
Now, Boston is assured of returning to Fenway Park for a Game Six, at least, thanks to the heroics of their part-time left fielder.
As he was in Oakland, Gomes is considered a very inspirational leader for the Red Sox, and this goes beyond his contributions on the field. Even though his numbers in 2013 were down markedly from what he posted as an A's outfielder in 2012, Gomes has made a big contribution in Boston.
Two years in a row, for each respective club, he has been a part of changing the clubhouse culture from a losing atmosphere to division-winning, championship-worthy scenery. Gomes only hit .247 in Boston this season, but clearly, he's doing something right.
The Red Sox finished in last place in 2012, and while Gomes wasn't the only addition to the Boston roster in 2013, he has certainly been one of the better ones.
And his new teammates couldn't be happier right now to have him around.
"What's going on inside here is pretty special, magical," Gomes told media representatives after the game.