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Former Nats player heartbroken to not receive invite for Royals' White House visit

Former Nats player heartbroken to not receive invite for Royals' White House visit

Jonny Gomes only played in 12 games for the Kansas City Royals in 2015 and was left off the team's postseason roster.

The Royals would go on to win the World Series, and although Gomes was not on the field, he was one of the team's most vocal leaders.


You may remember Gomes as the bearded man who gave an impassioned and patriotic speech at the team's championship parade. Infielder Christian Colon credited Gomes with the assist after delivering the go-ahead hit in the deciding game of the World Series after Gomes had given the youngster a pep talk before the at-bat.

But with the Royals having to streamline the number of players and staff they take to the White House for their championship visit with President Barack Obama, Gomes was left off the list.

"I've been sent down. I've been non-tendered, whatever," Gomes said, via Fox's Ken Rosenthal. "But this is probably the worst news of my professional baseball career." 

Gomes spent the 2015 season as a member of both the Atlanta Braves and Royals, having spent the previous  four seasons as a member of both the Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics. Prior to that, Gomes spent the final 43 games of the 2011 season as a member of the Washington Nationals, where he contributed 19 hits and 12 RBIs in 109 plate appearances.

The Royals are only taking players who were with the team for the entire season or on the postseason roster, of which Gomes, who just returned from a brief stint in Japan, was not.

I’m not trying to throw an egg on anyone’s face. But a lot of people are asking me, ‘Hey, are you going to wear that American flag jacket? Is Obama going to ask you to make that speech again?’ It would be pretty cool. This is probably going to be Obama’s last championship team before he leaves office.”

While this wouldn't be Gomes' first trip to Washington D.C. — he visited the White House as a member of the 2013 Red Sox championship team — any chance to get Gomes in his American flag suit at the White House is worth the effort.

But considering how much of a cult hero Gomes became last postseason, one would think the team could make an exception. 


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The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful


The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful

It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.

It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.

They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training. 


Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.

Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.

Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats. 


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Per usual, Max Scherzer strikes out Tim Tebow on three pitches


Per usual, Max Scherzer strikes out Tim Tebow on three pitches

We are fortunate enough to live in a world where we can watch a former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback (attempt to) hit against a three-time Cy Young pitcher in a Major League Baseball preseason game.

Max Scherzer took less than a minute to strike out Tim Tebow, who was batting cleanup for the Mets in a spring training game Friday. You can watch the whole at-bat here:

It looks like Tebow and Scherzer are starting to develop a pattern - last year’s matchup between the two went down the exact same way.

Tebow was able to redeem himself later in the game with his first hit of the year against Nats prospect Erick Fedde. He will likely begin the season with the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies, but Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he believes Tebow will eventually see some at-bats in the Majors.