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.
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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.