I treat you good! I hit for you! I field for you! I pick up your dirty rumors! I take care of ya, Boston!
When he heard he might be traded to the Dodgers, Gonzalez said his first thoughts were: “Close to San Diego, close to family, Mexican food.”
As for why the Boston media didn’t take to him, he said, “They didn’t like that I was a calm person. 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.”
Gonzalez wasn’t bothered by the sudden and dramatic change in his public image.
“You can’t control what others say,” he said. “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.”
...But there were whispers that Gonzalez had lost power. He hit 27 home runs last season after averaging 34 the previous four years, including 40 in 2009 and 31 in 2010.
“What took my power away was the Green Monster,” he said of the 37-foot wall at Boston’s Fenway Park.
“I used to hit line drives that way and they would be doubles,” he said. “That took away five home runs from me last year. So I would have had 32.”
Posted: August 26, 2012 at 11:21 PM | 96 comment(s)
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