BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- The Army helmet Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes has been seen wearing after big Red Sox wins has a special story behind it.
According to the U.S. Army's website, Master Sgt. Miguel Chacon was at Fenway Park with his children in June when he received a unique gift from Gomes. Chacon was watching as his three children received autographs alongside other young fans when he felt something hit him. He looked down and saw a pair of batting gloves.
Soon after Chacon saw the gloves on the ground, an usher walked over to let him know Gomes had thrown them over for the master sergeant. After thanking Gomes for the gift, Chacon decided he wanted to go one step further.
While attending a game at Fenway on Sept. 15, Chacon brought along the Advanced Combat helmet he wore in Iraq. He told an employee he brought the helmet to give to Gomes and she escorted him to an area near the Sox clubhouse to wait for Gomes.
Moments later, Gomes came out to meet Chacon. The 32-year-old, who Chacon describes as the most patriotic player he has ever met, lit up when he received the helmet.
Chacon's helmet has become as much of a fixture in the Sox postseason as ski goggles and the team's beards. The Army master sergeant says he is honored to see Gomes wear it.