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Jonny Gomes was kind enough to define the term 'inherited runner' for everybody last night

Alex Reimer
August 30, 2017 - 10:12 am

The concept of an “inherited runner” appears to be self-explanatory. But not to Jonny Gomes.

The ex-Red Sox outfielder has a penchant for talking incessantly whenever he’s in the NESN booth. This irritating habit usually causes him to speak inanely or state the obvious –– and oftentimes he accomplishes both. That was the case Tuesday, when manager John Farrell summoned Addison Reed from the bullpen to relieve Chris Sale in the eighth inning. Sale had allowed the first two batters of the inning to reach base, meaning Reed was going to –– wait for it –– inherit the runners. Take it away, Jonny:

"What’s going on with Addison Reed coming in right here is what you like to call inherited runners,” Gomes explained. “What that means is, you’re coming out of the bullpen with runners on base that you didn’t put on base –– the pitcher ahead of you put on base. And it’s a huge step for bullpen guys coming and not allowing those guys to score.”

Reed, by the way, did not allow of those so-called “inherited runners” to score. The Red Sox defeated the Blue Jays 3-0. 

This is far from the first time Gomes has offered groundbreaking analysis during Red Sox telecasts. On Monday, he was kind enough to explain the “spitball” in vivid terms.

“You’ll see sometimes on occasions umpires will kind of get a little worried about –– when a pitcher goes to his mouth and (starts) licking his fingers, you have to wipe it. You can’t go to the mouth and straight to the ball. It’s the old fashioned –– back in our man Eck’s days, they called it the ‘Spitball,’” Gomes professed to a seemingly comatose Dave O’Brien. “If he wants to lick his fingertips, what you have to do is you have to wipe right after. Whether you wipe it on your bill, or wipe it on your jersey, or wipe it on your pants. You can’t go from the mouth to the ball.”

Remember, kids: always wipe first. That’s sage advice for everybody, not just prospective pitchers. Perhaps “Life Lessons with Jonny Gomes” could be NESN’s next big reality hit. If anything, it would be better than “Sox Appeal.”