Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes, one of the players who placed the World Series trophy and Boston Strong jersey on the Boston Marathon finish line after the team's victory parade last November, said Monday that the emotions of Patriots' Day in Boston this year are impossible to describe.
"Mentally, physically, as a whole -- you know, as a Boston Strong theme -- it's pretty powerful stuff," he said.
"It's pretty unbelievable the rebuilding and the strength that happened in just one calendar year here," he said.
Speaking on the Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo ESPN radio show, he called the ceremony held before the Red Sox-Orioles game Sunday night "pretty special," and stressed that the team's role in the city's healing process goes beyond its win-loss record.
Gomes said he loves playing for the Red Sox because he can relate to the people in Boston -- or as he calls them, "the grinders of America."
He also acknowledged the team's slow start so far this season, but seemed confident that things will improve quickly.
"I'll tell you what, this team is a pretty well-oiled machine" that's still working out issues regarding injuries and new personnel, he said.
"We've just got to find our identity here as the 2014 Red Sox. We look at that trophy and understand what the identity did do for us last year, but we definitely need a new blueprint. And I'll tell you what, I think we're on the right track."
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