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Unsurprisingly, Adrian Gonzalez says he's rooting for Dodgers over Red Sox in World Series

Alex Reimer
October 23, 2018 - 10:59 am

Adrian Gonzalez has played for both the Red Sox and Dodgers during his Major League career, but the five-time All-Star isn’t hiding his allegiance for the World Series. 

He’s all about the Dodger Blue.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times’ Dylan Hernandez, Gonzalez says he’s pulling for the Dodgers, where he spent five seasons between 2012-17. “You always want to cheer for your friends,” he said. “And I live in L.A. I definitely feel like more a part of that team than I do the Red Sox at this point. So going into the World Series here, I will definitely cheer for the Dodgers.

“I don’t want that to be heard the wrong way. I still love the Red Sox and the Red Sox organization, but I spent five years (in Los Angeles) and have so many friends on the Dodgers.”

It’s not surprising that Gonzalez feels more of a kinship with the Dodgers. Though Gonzalez was productive in his 1.5 seasons in Boston –– he recorded an OPS of .895 in 282 games in Boston -– he was one of the faces of the infamous 2011 team that collapsed in September and was part of the 2012 debacle for five months. Gonzalez was traded to the Dodgers along with Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett on Aug. 25, 2012.

While Gonzalez led the league in hits and knocked out 27 home runs in 2011, his apparent nonchalant attitude didn’t do much to ingratiate him with the Boston fan base. After stories came out about Red Sox pitchers ordering fried chicken during games in the midst of the 2011 collapse, he told reporters that “people gotta eat.”

A San Diego native, the bilingual Gonzalez was a better fit in Los Angeles. He was a consistent producer in the middle of the Dodgers’ lineup from 2013-16, hitting between 18-28 home runs and knocking in between 90-116 runs each season. He played 54 games with the Mets this season, and plans to suit up again in 2019.

“I didn’t want to (leave Los Angeles),” Gonzalez told the LA Times. “But I understand the business. I feel like I did it for the organization. I could have been like, ‘No, I’m not going to help you save money.’ But I love the owners so much, it came down to me putting myself in their position, where it was like, ‘I’m letting this happen because the owners have been so great to me that I feel like this is a way for me to show my respect to them.’ ”