Quote to note

"At this time last year -- we were laughing in a meeting the other day -- we were trying to figure out if he was going to go to the [World Baseball Classic], and if he was going to play first and third and catch. A year later, he's our everyday catcher and, in my opinion, one of the best."
-- Francona, on catcher Gomes

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