Brady's Bunch is a club lacrosse program started by Mike Wein, a 1991 graduate of Framingham South High School, to help promote awareness and support for his son, Brady, 5, who is battling acute myelogenous leukemia.
In the sixth inning, as many Red Sox fans know, Gomes hit the game-winning home run.
Afterwards, Gomes talked about Brady, his high school coach, who died, and that run. (Watch the attached video clip.)
During the post-game press conference, Gomes said “You want to talk about battle-tested?, referring to little Brady.
“I texted (Gomes) when he hit it with tears streaming down my face thanking him,” Wein told the Boston Herald. “I knew that this was pretty cool with him but I didn’t know it was this close to his heart.
Wein told the Herald he received a text back from Gomes at 2:30 a.m. that read, “This is so crazy but what did you think was going to happen?”“I think it’s ironic that it (home run) happened in the top of the sixth when we took that moment for stand up for cancer. I held two signs that were pretty close to me and everyone in here. There are some angels above,” Gomes said.
“It really adds to the fairy tale of what today was for me, personally,” said Gomes on hitting the game-winning home run after holding up the “Stand Up to Cancer” signs.
The Wein family met Gomes shortly before his 2012 spring training with the Athletics, through a relative who works at Athletes’ Performance Institute in Phoenix, an elite training center where Gomes works out in the offseason. Gomes and Brady quickly took a liking to each other.
Gomes’ relationship with the family continued when Gomes was traded from Oakland to the Red Sox. The Weins went from A's to Red Sox fans.
The family moved to Framingham in August, to help with Brady's treatments.
Gomes started wearing a Livestrong-style bracelet that reads, “B is 4 Brady … B Strong” last season.
This season, he added patriotic Brady's Bunch shorts to his wardrobe. They quickly caught the attention of his teammates, who now also wear the red, white and blue shorts, reported WEEI radio.
Tonight, the Red Sox are in Game 6 of the World Series, up three games to two and hope to take the championship at Fenway Park, something that has not been done in almost 10 years.