"We were in the Dominican and there was this lady from Puerto Rico," Gomez said. "She was about 50 years old. She asked me for some directions, but I didn't know where it was. We were in Santo Domingo and I was from Santiago. I didn't know where anything was. I asked my teammates and they told her.
"So, she said she wished she could have a puppet just like me so she could pull the strings and [have it] do something for her. So, all my teammates started calling me 'El Titere.' The Puppet."
Beats "Go-go," which is what he has been called by American teammates.
He will also wear "Carlos Gomez" on his patch. That is a tribute to his father, Carlos Gomez Sr.
"He is the guy I owe everything for being who I am," Gomez said. "He wanted to be a baseball player, but he didn't have the body or the physical ability to play, so God blessed him with a big strong son and everything I do on the field is because of him."
All of this is contingent on Gomez being activated off the disabled list, but he appears ready to go.
"That's the plan," Gomez said. "We'll see after today. I hit the last few days, today I am going to hit again. Yesterday I swung really hard and there was only a little bit of blood, nothing concerning. It's not painful."
Gomez has not played since developing the cyst during a hot day game on Aug. 13. He was placed on the disabled list Aug. 19, retroactive to Aug. 16, after having an excision procedure to have the cyst drained.
Manager Jeff Banister said the Rangers will see how Gomez makes it through Friday's workout and then make a final decision before Saturday's game.