What happens when you conquer everything there is to conquer in the United States of America? You do what all the greats do. Like Kevin Youkilis, Wily Mo Pena, Bobby Valentine and Wladimir Balentien did before him — you move on to conquer everything there is to conquer in Japan.
“The last couple of years for me, it’s been World Series or bust,” Gomes said. “This is World Series or bust with a little twist. I’ll go win over there.”
According to Ken Rosenthal, Jonny Gomes is taking his talents to the Land of the Rising Sun, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $2 million to play in the Nippon Professional Baseball Pacific League for the Rakuten Golden Eagles. I can see it now. Once the Golden Eagles win the World Series, Gomes is going to be front and center at the parade, among the millions and millions of Golden Eagles fans, waiving the Japanese flag with the utmost pride. And once his teammates all give their speeches, crediting Gomes for everything that they’ve accomplished in 2016, Gomes will then give the greatest victory speech that you’ve ever heard from a guy with nine plate appearances between the regular season and postseason combined. What a moment it will be. It’s hard not to get chills right now just thinking about it.
God speed, Jonny Gomes. God speed.