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What They Were Thinking

Jonny Gomes on the play that got away

Jonny Gomes was called out on a ground ball during this game against the Yankees in August.

Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

Jonny Gomes was called out on a ground ball during this game against the Yankees in August.

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot:

Up today: Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes, on running out this ball in an Aug. 18 game against the Yankees on which he was called out at first base.

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Said Gomes: “Yeah, I did beat that out. I’ve done that about 10,000 times in my career. I know when I’m out and I know when I’m safe.

“What’s going through my mind? Get on base any way possible. I put my head down and ran as hard as I can. Just like I do every single time.

“Safe. I beat it. I got an infield single. A 235 pounder has got an infield single. I applied pressure, busted my butt, all the work I did in the offseason, all the work I did stretching just paid off right here on this play.

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“No, you can’t (argue). It’s irrelevant to me to arguing with umpires. It doesn’t work. There’s no such thing as a makeup call.

“(The beard) - it helped me get the hit if you asked me.”

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