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Adrian Gonzalez says his neck is not to blame for his power outage

Aug 19, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

Boston Red Sox Adrian Gonzalez is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the fifth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Reuters

Earlier this week Terry Francona said that Adrian Gonzalez‘s recent struggles were due to his bad neck.  Gonzalez dismissed that after another bad night last night:

“I’m not hitting because my swing isn’t good right now, not because of my neck”

Not that this absolves his neck. He says that the swing is messed up because the original neck problem — which he says is fine now — caused him to screw with his swing, and he hasn’t gotten it back yet.

In other news, I wonder what percentage of a given fan base cares why someone isn’t hitting as opposed to merely caring that he’s not hitting.

  1. b7p19 - Aug 19, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Mini-slumps like this are nothing new for Adrian. He’d have one or two of them every year with the Pads. They’re nothing to worry about, he’s just a little bit of a hot/cold guy when it comes to power.

  2. JBerardi - Aug 19, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    “In other news, I wonder what percentage of a given fan base cares why someone isn’t hitting as opposed to merely caring that he’s not hitting.”

    Depends on how much fans expected that player to hit in the first place. Hanley Ramirez not hitting raises a lot more “what’s wrong with this guy” questions than Mike Cameron not hitting, for instance.

  3. seanmk - Aug 19, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    and i thought they’d use the home run derby messed up his swing as an excuse first, silly me.

  4. deathmonkey41 - Aug 19, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    He needs to have some of Big Papi’s Dominican Milkshakes- that will get him hitting HR’s again!

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