Adrian Gonzalez says he wasn’t intense enough for the Boston media

When Adrian Gonzalez homered in his first at bat as a Dodger, a number of people had the same thought in mind: Maybe this guy is better off on the west coast. His numbers in his first full season in Boston (.338, 27 homers, 117 RBI) were impressive and he has been one of the league’s hottest hitters since the All-Star break, but Gonzalez didn’t exactly wear out the Green Monster the way scouts envisioned he would. His bat also had a tendency to disappear at crucial moments in Boston, which led fans and writers to question his mental toughness.

Now that he has begun a new chapter in L.A., Gonzalez took some time to reflect on why things didn’t work out in the ballpark experts say was designed for his swing.

“(The Boston media) didn’t like that I was a calm person,” Gonzalez said according to the LA Times. “I won’t throw my helmet, I won’t scream, I won’t use bad words if I strike out. That’s what they want over there. I was the same person in San Diego. They took me over there and I didn’t change. My intensity, how I prepared, everything was the same. When they took me over there, they took me over there to drive in runs. And I did that.”

As Craig Calcaterra of Hardball Talk mentioned, the media in Boston was not all that hard on Gonzalez. His production was decent and the coverage reflected that — unlike the things that have been written and said about Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, John Lackey and others. This year, the mysterious text message that was reportedly sent to the Red Sox ownership group from Adrian’s phone marked the first real soap opera he had been the star of since being traded from the Padres.

The important thing to remember is Gonzalez was the quality piece the Red Sox had to give up in order to dump Beckett’s and Crawford’s salary, and the team knew that. The fans and media weren’t calling for his head and didn’t see him as the root of the highly-publicized clubhouse issues Boston has had over the past year. He became a valuable trade piece for a team that desperately needed a significant change. In the end, it will probably work out for both Gonzo, the Dodgers and the Red Sox.

Photo credit: Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

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  • Clifford Burton

    Why are you suggesting that Adrian’s bat tended to disappear in clutch situations when his batting average with runners in scoring position for the past two seasons (which OBVIOUSLY includes the ones he spent in a Boston uniform) is one of the three highest  in the majors among players with more than 580 at-bats??

    Jesus Christ, Boston, use your heads. Adrian Gonzalez was NOT the reason that things went south there. But the Dodgers are certainly thankful that you thought so…

    Santa Monica

  • SteveDelVecchio

    “Jesus Christ, Boston, use your heads. Adrian Gonzalez was NOT the reason that things went south there. But the Dodgers are certainly thankful that you thought so…”

    Is that not exactly what I said? Maybe read beyond the first paragraph…

  • Midnight_Owl

    The Boston Press want it both ways. They chastised Lackey for being too intense and Gonzo for not being intense enough. I am a lifelong Red Sox fan and was sad to see him go, but it is the cost of regrouping and unloading Beckett and Crawford, the latter being the a bust on the level of Vince Young or Bob Mac Adoo. Hopefully management learned their lesson that the best in vestments sometimes are the ones you DON’T make.

  • baseballsurvivesall

    The press absolutely was rough on Gonzo. Starting last September. All season he thanked God for the homeruns etc- that was fine and dandy. When they missed the play offs Gonzo said it was not in God’s plan and the Boston Media led by Pete Abraham tore him apart for the comment, how slow he runs down first and his lackluster approach- after that great season. He was 1 of many guys. I am a lifelong Red Sox fan and I believe with all my heart the press was the biggest driving force behind this failed dseason- I believe the players when they say it was a major distraction because the facts were always so wrong or outright made up. . Last year when they had the best record in the majors the Boston press kept talking about gossip before big games- Lackey’s Divorce-Scutaro’s miscues with Lackey on the mound. It’s a joke the press over there. All is quiet in NY the last 2 years because Abraham left NY and went to Boston and it has been nothing but a soap opera since. I bet A-rod threw a party when he left and we know why now, A-Rod is not a soap opera without a certain writer in town. . The players who we cheer for and trust have outright called the press liars about most of what they said this year- I choose to believe them- not some gossip reporter with anonymous sources. Just sorry the owners hit the panic button over Beckett- he would have been a descent 5 guy the last 2 years and then we could have kept Gonzo.