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April 27, 2014

Jonny Gomes talks about buying type of car President Kennedy got assassinated in

What was your first car, what was your second car and what’s the favorite car you’ve ever had?

That was the question Eagle-Tribune baseball reporter Christopher Smith posed to several major leaguers this past week.

Each player also was asked to explain if he used his own money for the first car and to give any anecdotes about each car.

You’ll be surprised to hear Jonny Gomes’ favorite. Or maybe not if you know Gomes.

JONNY GOMES

Red Sox left fielder — 151 career homers

“First car, ‘86 Honda Prelude given to me by my grandma. Car that rolled, I loved it. There would not be a car that worked that I wouldn’t like (at that age).

“(Second car) I bought my uncle’s ‘92 Nissan Pathfinder, which he gave me a good deal on but I still had to buy it once I signed (with Tampa Bay in June 2001). I bought it I think for $5,000. So it was like three-fourths of my signing bonus.

“(Favorite car) I’ve ever had: 1963 Lincoln Continental. I always wanted it forever. My birthday is Nov. 22. That’s he day J.F.K. (President John F. Kennedy) got assassinated and he was in a Lincoln Continental. A convertible with suicide doors and all that stuff. So as a kid, when you’re coming up, you do projects or whatever, what happened in history on your birthday. So it was always that car. (He bought it at 28 years old and no longer owns it. Kennedy’s Lincoln Continental was a ‘61).

JACOBY ELLSBURY

Yankees center fielder — All-Star, Gold Glover

“First car was a 1989 Bronco. I bought it with my own money (from) yard work, worked at a mill, odd jobs that I could get as a kid in high school. Had probably around 200 (miles).

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