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Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes among Princeton Rays Alumni

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PRINCETON -

For most Major League baseball players there are many stops on the long road to "The Show".

Boston Red Sox's left fielder Jonny Gomes has traveled that road to the top, all the way to the World Series.

One of his stops on his journey was playing for the Tampa Bay Rays minor League team in Princeton, West Virginia.

Current General Manager Jim Holland just hit his 22 year mark as G. M. at Hunnicutt field and remembers when Gomes was a Princeton Ray and says his game mentality hasn't changed.

"He played that sort of style when he was here. He gives it all everyday and he'll worry about tomorrow when tomorrow comes. A very gutty, get in the dirt, anything to win guy," recalls Holland.

In 2001 Gomes made a big impression in Southern West Virginia and the Appalachian League, voted MVP of the league that year.

Now, his road has taken him to the national stage. Where he is making an even bigger impression on the country.

Holland added, "It's exciting, you know, this kid hit a home run in the other night in the World Series. In 2001 he was hitting home runs at Hunnicutt field."

For Gomes, his voyage through the Major Leagues will continue. As does his hunt for a World Series ring.