Gomes announced as All-Star in peculiar fashion

"It’s just a weird way to find out."

Alex Hooper
July 14, 2018 - 11:39 pm
Jul 13, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes (7) hits an RBI double during the second inning against the New York Yankees at Progressive Field.

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Indians lost an All-Star to injury, so it is only fair that they got one back. In the unfortunate circumstance of Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos’ left hamstring injury, Tribe catcher Yan Gomes was added to the American League All-Star team.

Gomes becomes the first Brazilian-born player to become an All-Star.

The fashion in which he found out about his first career All-Star bid was unique to say the least.

Trailing 5-4 in the bottom of the 9th against New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman, with the tying run on first and representing the winning run, the jumbotron at Progressive Field flashed that Gomes had been selected.

Gomes glanced up at the screen while on camera, and became justifiably emotional. He struck out on three pitches.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been that emotional in an at-bat before,” Gomes said. “I’m not going to lie, it was kind of hard to get back in the box. I tried to focus in there, but it didn’t quite work out.”

Manager Terry Francona was in on the big reveal, and had teased it to his catcher while making a pitching change in the 8th.

“Yeah I told him when I went out to take the pitcher out in the eighth, he was hitting third, I said, ‘You’re going to have a good at-bat.’ And he looked at me,” the skipper said. “I said, ‘Just wait, you’re going to have a good at-bat.’”

The results were not there, but the proverbial ‘feels’ were, as the 30-year-old turned to the dugout as his teammates were giving him an ovation.

“I thought it was something completely different,” Gomes said of his manager’s foreshadowing. “I thought he had a vision or something. That was kind of a weird at-bat. It was like the happiest strikeout. I had the weirdest feeling walking back.

“It was kind of weird.”

Weird or not, Gomes has a change of plans for the upcoming week, heading to Washington D.C. instead of Destin Beach, Florida with his family.

Among the 11 AL catchers with at least 200 plate appearances in 2018, Gomes (0.6) and Ramos (4.0) are the only two with a positive oWAR on the year. Gomes ranks just behind Ramos in average, slugging% and wRC+.