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.
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.
“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.”
Stan Grossfeld can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.