It’s Time For Red Sox Nation To Drop Their Ridiculous Grudge Against Adrian Gonzalez

Adrian Gonzalez has had a newsworthy week.  When Cody Ross went on the disabled list the Red Sox lost all but 2 of their key right-handed hitters in the middle of the lineup and those two guys played the same position.  Gonzalez volunteered to play in right field to allow the Sox to keep both Kevin Youkilis and Will Middlebrooks in the game.  When Bobby Valentine didn’t want to do it two days in a row Gonzalez, knowing it was a key rubber game in the series, insisted that he could go back out there again.  He also volunteered to pitch during the Red Sox 17 innings game a few weeks ago against the Orioles.  In reality since he’s joined the Red Sox Gonzalez has been a consummate professional and model teammate.  So why does Red Sox Nation have such a hard time liking the guy?

Good guys apparently finish last in Red Sox Nation

Last season Gonzalez hit .338 and tied for the major league lead with 213 hits.  He hit 27 homers and had 117 RBI.  He played Gold Glove defense at first base.  Last September while the Sox were free falling he still hit .318 for the month with 4 homers and 14 RBI.  In innings 7-9 during the season he hit .339 with 8 home runs and 41 RBI.  With 2 outs and runners in scoring position he hit .303 with 27 RBI.  In games that were “late & close” he hit .321 with 19 RBI.  He hit .298 against the Yankees and .293 against Tampa Bay during the season.  The guy was exactly as advertised when we acquired him – he just produces.

Apparently Red Sox Nation is still upset that he said that it “wasn’t part of God’s plan” for the Red Sox to make the post-season after their collapse last year.  My advice to Red Sox Nation – get over it.  How many times have you heard an athlete cite God as an influence on their career.  After the Super Bowl or at the NFL draft.  Hell, many athletes that I follow on Twitter tweet thanks to God for giving them another day.  How was what Gonzalez said any different?  I still don’t understand?  I think that it’s fair to say it would be natural for someone of deep faith to look to God in both the good times and the bad and that’s exactly what Adrian did.  Is there a perception that he didn’t try as hard because he thought he had God on his side?  The numbers certainly don’t back that up.  The quote was not that bad.  We don’t get on every athlete of deep faith because it is ignorant and I don’t see how Gonzalez is an exception.

The bottom line is that Adrian Gonzalez is a likable guy and he’s going to be around for another 6 years.  Red Sox Nation will eventually have to embrace him and I always say that there is no time like the present.  Save the vitriol for the guys who actually deserve it.

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30 year old sports enthusiast and aspiring writer from Boston.

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