Jonny Gomes a member of the Red Sox? Who'd of thunk it?

Gomes, arguably the most popular player in Devil Rays/Rays history, will play Monday for a Boston split-squad team against the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park. He'll play left field and bat cleanup.

"Yeah, just for the Red Sox," he said, "no big deal."

Gomes signed a two-year deal with the Red Sox in the offseason that pays him $5 million in 2013 and 2014.

Seeing Gomes in the blue and red of the Red Sox is a bit startling, given the history between the Tampa Bay and Boston that boiled over several times during Gomes' tenure with the Rays.

When asked about how he felt the first time he put on a Red Sox uniform, Gomes said: "I'm a huge fan of the game. I wouldn't call myself a historian, but I obviously pay attention. Coming up in the AL East, at that time, '04, the Red Sox were the cream of the crop. It's pretty cool. It's different with the Red Sox as a player. There's so much accountability the Red Sox have with who they bring in, obviously with the fan base and everything like that. Player-wise it's a pretty big honor."

Gomes left the Rays after the 2008 season. He's since played for Cincinnati, Washington and Oakland. He's won division titles with the '08 Rays, '10 Reds and '12 A's.