Adrian Gonzalez is an All-Star in so many ways. He has class, character, and he truly cares about the game, his team and fans. I’ve known him and his family since 2007, and featured him both on my One on One television show and in my book. He is generally quiet yet personable and kind, humble and unassuming yet confident in his abilities and gifts. That confidence and appreciation for what he can do on the field comes not only from his production but his faith.
Adrian has also been a good friend and supporter in my efforts off the field, participating in my Book Launch Charity event and being one of three special people (including Dave Roberts and Larry Lucchino) meeting fans and introducing me at a book talk and signing in Boston for the Great Fenway Park Writers Series. With all the demands on his time in Boston, he was loyal and thankful for how my work told his, his brother Edgar’s, and his family’s story over the years.
I share this especially for those who don’t know Adrian — yet — and who want to get to know him now that he’s with the Dodgers. Much has happened in the few years since he found a home at first base with his hometown Padres… and then with the Red Sox. Still, the chapter on him in my book and this excerpt below from the 2007 show at his parent’s home, offer insight into who he is, where he comes from, and his bigger picture perspective.
That he loved to watch Fernando Valenzuela growing up, along with Padres great Tony Gwynn, adds yet another special significance to his baseball journey. Enjoy… and even though you’re in the division rival Dodgers’ camp… welcome back west, Adrian. We’ve missed you.
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