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Jonny Gomes honors Boston Marathon victims and slain MIT officer with custom bats

Mark Townsend
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(Will Middlebrooks on Twitter)

There are many different ways we can remember and reflect on the tragic events that have taken place in Boston over the past seven days. The way Boston Red Sox outfielder and sometimes designed hitter Jonny Gomes is doing it, however, may be the most creative and is certainly among the coolest.

[Related: David Ortiz punctuates Red Sox pregame with strong, profane statement]

As revealed by teammate Will Middlebrooks on Twitter, Gomes ordered a pair of custom bats to be used in Sunday's doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals that feature the names of Boston Marathon bombing victims Martin Richard, Lu Lingzi and Krystle Campbell, and slain MIT campus officer Sean Collier.

It was reported during the Red Sox television broadcast on NESN that Gomes plans on auctioning both bats off in the coming days with proceeds going to the victims of the attack and towards the recovery effort. The Red Sox official Twitter account later confirmed it.

First class gesture all the way, Jonny Gomes. Well done.

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