Gomes takes a shot at A-Rod

January, 24, 2014
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Alex Rodriguez, Jonny GomesGetty ImagesJonny Gomes criticized Alex Rodriguez's fight against the Major League Baseball Players Association.
Jonny Gomes has become the latest in a long line of Boston Red Sox to take a shot at Alex Rodriguez. Gomes was specifically mad about Rodriguez's lawsuit against Major League Baseball and, more importantly from Gomes' point of view, the Players Association.

"He does steroids or whatever, it sucks. He does this or that, it sucks. He's always in the news, it sucks," the Red Sox left fielder told the Boston Herald. "But this is the players' union he's going against. It's all of us. Not a real good idea."

In past years, players like Trot Nixon, Curt Schilling, Jason Varitek and more have taken swipes at A-Rod.

Gomes had already made noise by saying the Red Sox still have the belt and that it is about winning the summer, not the winter. On Friday, on Sirius/XM's MLB Network afternoon show with Jim Bowden and Casey Stern, Gomes said he wasn't talking trash.

"I said what I said," Gomes said. "I'm not trying to make anything or [say] it was taken out of context or all these riff raffs that people want to come up with. First of all, to have a rivalry, there has to be a villain. Why not pick the big guy with tattoos and a big beard or Mohawk and plays the game how he plays. Boom, let's pick that guy for the villain. That's pretty easy. But what did I say? I think the Yankees is one of the most professional organizations that you can get.

"It's not talking trash. It's just questions. Are they questions? Sure. I don't think I talk trash by any means. I don't talk trash. ... I think with 10 years in the big leagues it's a little late for a character check to Jonny Gomes and try and make me into the villain that I'm not."
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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