Gomes on star-spangled blazer: ‘I’m a pretty patriotic person’

Stars and stripes forever: Jonny Gomes stands out at the White House. 


Boston Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes quite literally wore his American pride on his sleeve during the Sox’ visit to the White House on Tuesday.

Every Red Sox player received a vibrant stars-and-stripes sport coat as a gift last week, but Gomes was the only one to wear his during the trip to meet President Barack Obama.

"I’m a pretty patriotic person, whether it’s my outfit or what I stand for," Gomes said after Obama’s address, via the Boston Herald. "I didn’t want it to be too much of a distraction. I hope it’s not. Just truly blessed for my freedom and everything that the flag stands for."

Gomes said Obama "approved" of the fashion choice, and the Red Sox presented the Commander in Chief with his own American flag jacket that had been autographed by the team.