When he was a young player trying to make his way in the league, Jonny Gomes always had a hunch when his name might be in the lineup.
He just had to look at the other team’s probable starters.
Whenever names such as Randy Johnson, Andy Pettitte, Ted Lilly, Barry Zito, or CC Sabathia were in there — all dominant lefthanders — he figured he’d be the one of the unlucky ones who had to deal with them.
“The everyday veterans, those were the guys they take off,” Gomes said. “They’re like, ‘Oh, wait, this guy’s pitching?’ ”
Then, something funny happened. Gomes wouldn’t just walk into the box as a human sacrifice.
“I’d go in and I’d hit them,” he said. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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