Sonoma County's Joey Gomes flew to St. Louis this weekend to see his kid brother.
But he figures it's unlikely the two of them will share a dinner or a beer, or that they'll have so much as minute alone. Joey is well aware that his brother and his pals have their hands full about now.
"They're trying to win a World Series."
Joey is the sought-after North Bay baseball trainer and coach, former Casa Grande and Santa Clara University star, 10-year pro player — and No. 1 fan of outfielder Jonny Gomes, playing his first year with the Boston Red Sox.
Joey hated to leave the kids he trains, but how could he pass up a chance to see games 3, 4 and 5 of this series, a huge one even if his brother wasn't in it?
The Red Sox vs. the Cardinals.
"You can't have a more monumental fan base," Joey said. "And Jonny knows that."
Joey has spoken enough with his brother, a natural, scrappy leader who played last year with the Oakland A's, to know that he's working to deal with the pressure of the World Series.
"There's definitely a sense of urgency among him and the rest of the players," Joey said before flying to St. Louis. "But they have to treat it like it's just another game."
I apologized to Joey for not knowing if this is his brother's first Series. Not really, he said.