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Gomes hopes Red Sox retain all their free agents
Boston Red Sox player Jonny Gomes gives a baseball back to fan Braden Hafeman of Manchester, after autographing it at the Granite State Baseball Dinner at the Radisson in Manchester Saturday. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)
As for whether Ellsbury will remain a teammate in 2014, Gomes said he's hopeful the Sox retain all their free agents, including Ellsbury, shortstop Stephen Drew, first baseman Mike Napoli and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
This year's dinner was a sellout, with an attendance of 1,200, and Gomes' presence no doubt contributed to filling the Radisson-Manchester Expo Center. In addition to Gomes and recently retired former Cy Young winner Chris Carpenter, other featured guests included Tampa Bay pitcher Alex Cobb, 1975 Red Sox World Series hero Bernie Carbo, two-time Cy Young winner Denny McLain and Hall of Fame hopeful Fred McGriff.