Gomes On Helmet Punt: ‘With Walk-Offs, Anything Can Come Into Play’

June 19, 2013 2:53 PM
Gomes On Helmet Punt: ‘With Walk-Offs, Anything Can Come Into Play’
" BOSTON (CBS) - After 17+ innings of baseball, with a soaking three-hour rain delay also in the mix, Jonny Gomes gave the Boston Red Sox a double-header sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays with a two-run, walkoff home run into the monster seats off Rays reliever Joel Peralta.

But it’s what Gomes did as he rounded third and headed towards home plate that is grabbing all the attention.

As most players do, Gomes removed his helmet as he made his way towards his awaiting teammates at home. A casual smack on the head (or ten) is customary when greeting players at the plate after a dramatic homer like Gomes’, and the helmet can make that occasion much more hazardous.

But instead of just holding the helmet, or even flicking it off to the side, Gomes gave it the boot, punting it in celebration. The kick veered off to the left but got a decent amount of hang-time that may even impress Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.

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When asked about the punt, Gomes said it was pretty spur of the moment "

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