Gomes is with his fifth big league team, and he's in the postseason for the third time. He also was a member of Tampa Bay in 2007-08, when the team went from worst to first — like this year's Red Sox.
Maybe that's why Farrell inserted Gomes into Game 2, playing in left field and batting sixth, looking for an offensive spark following Boston's opening 1-0 loss.
"You've got to have some guys on your team that will be able to nip in the bud in April, in June, in July, when things roll, stop it now," Gomes said when asked what makes a winning clubhouse. "You've got to get out of the valley, get back up, versus letting it play, riding it out."