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Adrian Gonzalez homers in his first at-bat with the Dodgers

Aug 25, 2012, 9:42 PM EDT

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The party is most definitely on in Chavez Ravine.

New Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez strutted to the plate to a rousing standing ovation in his first at-bat Saturday night at Dodger Stadium and connected for a three-run homer on the second pitch he saw from Marlins starter Josh Johnson.

The Dodgers lead 4-1 at the end of the first inning.

Gonzalez was acquired from the Red Sox in the nine-player blockbuster trade that was finalized this afternoon after getting the approval of Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig.

Gonzalez took a private jet from Boston to Los Angeles along with right-hander Josh Beckett and infielder Nick Punto, arriving at his new home park just a couple hours before first pitch.

Beckett is set to make his Dodgers debut Monday. Punto is on the bench tonight, serving as a utilityman.

Gonzalez is now batting .301/.345/.476 with 16 home runs and 89 RBI in 124 total games this season. We’ll track his activity the rest of the way as the Dodgers try to gain ground on the first-place Giants.

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UPDATE, 9:56 PM: Gonzalez struck out swinging in his second plate appearance of the evening. That’s baseball for you. The Dodgers lead the Marlins by a score of 5-2 at the end of the second inning.

UPDATE, 10:32 PM: Gonzalez struck out swinging again in his third at-bat. L.A. is up 6-2 in the fifth.

UPDATE, 11:04 PM: Gonzalez grounded out to first base in his fourth at-bat. The Dodgers lead 7-2.

UPDATE, 11:52 PM: Gonzalez popped out to center field in his fifth — and probably final — trip to the plate. The Dodgers will carry an 8-2 lead into the top of the ninth inning.

UPDATE, 12:01 AM: Yep, that’s it. Gonzalez goes 1-for-5 with a homer and three RBI in his first game with the Dodgers. Andre Ethier went 4-for-4 and Matt Kemp finished 3-for-5.

  1. bigharold - Aug 25, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Mattingly apparently knows how to get the best out of players.

    But, .. he didn’t invent the wrap!

  2. chill1184 - Aug 25, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    I guess he likes his new home huh?

  3. j0esixpack - Aug 25, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Gonzo was good on the Sox… Maybe not as good as his contract but he didn’t suck for the Sox and no one expects him to for the Dodgers

    • bigharold - Aug 25, 2012 at 10:30 PM

      Gonzalez was actually earning his keep as a RS, .. good representative offensive numbers and very good defense. The issues was the Nation, .. not him. It started when the Nation predicted, .. projected, .. expected him to hit 35 HRs a year minimum. There were HUNDREDS of post expecting him, .,. based on hitting charts as a Padre, .. to hit 40-50 HRs a year. Also, he was a laid back guy from California and couldn’t understand why Gonzalez didn’t talk and act like more like Pedroia.

      Perhaps that isn’t who he is??

      I fully expect Gonzalez AND Crawford to be good acquisitions for the Dodgers. Beckett, .. not so much but, .. you never know.

      The bottom line is this is a great trade for the RS. Yes, I think they’ll miss the production from Gonzalez and Crawford but the cleared a tremendous amount of salary for players that didn’t look like they had much of a future with the RS. The RS get to start over and the current GM would be hard pressed to do as poorly as gorilla boy..

      • bigleagues - Aug 26, 2012 at 5:29 AM

        You were doing pretty good until that last line about Theo.

        Absurd, of course. But have your fun.

  4. redguy12588 - Aug 25, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    The dodgers won the trade then, right?

    /sarcasm

    • bigleagues - Aug 26, 2012 at 5:30 AM

      Yeah!

      BTW, where do I go to find the W/L Trade Standings?

  5. Glenn - Aug 25, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    This has been a storybook season for the Sox – written by Kafka.

    • bigharold - Aug 25, 2012 at 10:31 PM

      When does Valentine turn into a huge roach? Or, .. is it Henry and or LL????

  6. footballfan01 - Aug 25, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    The real question here is whether an LA fan base can embrace a player of Hispanic descent.

    • manchestermiracle - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:43 PM

      Are you being facetious or just ignorant? Not old enough to remember Fernandomania are you? Or just clueless that L.A. stands for Los Angeles, which is Spanish and that about half the town is Latino?

      From a recent Dodger press release:

      The Dodgers have a longstanding tradition of signing future big league players out of the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. The team opened the doors on the first-ever baseball academy in the Dominican on March 27, 1987, naming it Campo Las Palmas. Current Dodger players and alumni that have been signed out of Latin America include Rubby De La Rosa, Elian Herrera, Kenley Jansen, Raul Mondesi, Pedro and Ramon Martinez, Adrian Beltre, Pedro Astacio, Omar Daal and Roger Cedeno.

      Nah, you’re just being sarcastic. Nobody’s THAT stupid….

      • ron05342 - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:34 AM

        I disagree. Obviously, the guy is a moron, whether he didn’t know, or if he was trying (and failing) to be sarcastic.

        A moron is as a moron does.

      • Jeremy T - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:22 AM

        When things like this are questioned, I tend to look at the offending commenter’s username. Football fan, eh? I think we may have our answer ;)

    • bigleagues - Aug 26, 2012 at 5:38 AM

      That 23 people plus 3 commenters can’t recognize high comedy when they see it is living satire at its finest!

      muy bien, footballfan01!

      • manchestermiracle - Aug 26, 2012 at 7:11 PM

        Sarcasm translates poorly when written. You have to be really good at it. He wasn’t.

      • bigleagues - Aug 27, 2012 at 1:01 PM

        It’s often about the context.

        I got it loud and clear.

  7. gitiff2 - Aug 25, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    As a life long Sox fan, I am sad to see Gonzalez go (not sorry to see the others go). It never seemed like a good fit for Gonzalez, he just didnt seem comfortable. Hes a pretty quiet guy and Boston is anything but. I felt bad for him, felt like he had lost that spark playing in a place that he just didnt connect with. As a baseball fan, its sad to see a good player struggle. I think Gonzalez will be much happier back in his home state and back in the NL. I hope he gets back to being old school Gonzalez, its good for baseball. Good riddance to Beckett. I’m prepared to deal with the fact that the Sox probably won’t be serious contenders for maybe the next few years. They need to get back to playing baseball and creating homegrown talent.

    • bw1980 - Aug 26, 2012 at 2:13 AM

      To a point, I agree. However, potential is often unrealized. I think the Sox farm system produced some good players: Elsbury, Pedroia, Hanley Ramirez come to mind. However, a lot of the “can’t miss, future superstars” don’t work out.

      Daniel Murphy, Nava, Bard, Buchholz (decent, but not what we were led to believe he would be), Lars Anderson….the list could go on.

      The Rays are in the midst of an incredible run of homegrowns but I don’t think they have a recipe for long term success–eventually the law of averages wins out and they’re going to have a heap of top prospects who don’t work out. Then they will even out and have some hits and misses–and probably be a .500 or slightly worse team for years.

      It’s just too difficult to win championships or make the playoffs year in and year out with only your homegrowns. You need to sign a few marquee players in positions of need from time-to-time.

      People can pay lip service to homegrowns all they want (I guess you’d prefer Henry/Lucchiono make a fat profit then win) and point to the Yankees failures to win championships every single season. But…the Yankees have 27 of them overall and since the free agency era began they have seven world championships, about one every five years. What MLB team has done better than that?

      I agree that a team full of free agents, even a team with more than four everyday players signed via free agency, is not ideal. But if you think that the Sox are going to compete for championships every year with not but homegrowns than you’re delusional.

  8. whodeytn - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    Any NL fan should be furious at this deal. Guess the Dodgers are the new Yankees!

    • uclafightfightfight - Aug 26, 2012 at 3:45 AM

      The Dodgers haven’t even spent the most money in their own city within the last year… It’s one thing to make a living for generations on collecting the entire league’s best talents to support multiple championships and another to make one huge push one year. Over the past 5 seasons the Dodgers have signed/traded for guys like Brad Ausmus, Garret Anderson, Juan Uribe, Casey Blake, Andruw Jones, and Juan Castro, and a 37/38 year old Manny. Those are the highlights. Please.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Aug 26, 2012 at 11:36 AM

      This probably doesn’t happen if Carlos Lee accepts the trade to LA.

    • paperlions - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM

      I’m an NL fan, and this deal doesn’t bother me in the least. *shrug*

      Why should it?

  9. highlander24 - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    Go DODGERS!!!

  10. congocash - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    I actually watched a few red socks games because of gonzo…. Glad i dont have to do that anymore…..

  11. bw1980 - Aug 26, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    Hurrah for Dodgers fans. If past performance is an indicator of future results–which in sports is a reasonable assumption–don’t expect another home run from Gonzalez for the next ten to twelve games.

    Good news though: Beckett will get his first start Monday…..unless his application for memebership to the golf club(s) of his choice in LA is fast tracked, in which case he’ll come down with a torn acl, strep throat or a strained back on Monday morning and be golfing 18 during the game.

    • bw1980 - Aug 26, 2012 at 11:43 PM

      Nothing getting a bunch of “thumbs down” for pointing out the truth. Gonzalez is averging a home run every 10 games and Josh Beckett has missed starts due to injury and golfed on the day of the would be start.

    • bw1980 - Aug 26, 2012 at 11:43 PM

      Nothing like getting a bunch of “thumbs down” for pointing out the truth. Gonzalez is averging a home run every 10 games and Josh Beckett has missed starts due to injury and golfed on the day of the would be start.

  12. heathater4lifeson - Aug 26, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    I don’t understand why nl fans should be furious? The dodgers just locked themselves up financially for years to come. Two of the three players have greatly under performed over the last two years. Now they cannot go after any decent free agent this year. They are going to have to save all their money to resign kershaw. Yes they got a lot better but they also took on 3 huge contracts and only one of those players looks to have performed anywhere near the kind of money they received.

    • paperlions - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:37 PM

      Exactly. Add in that they severely overpaid to keep Ethier, and have the now perennially over-paid Ramirez (who still can’t play SS at all), and they are paying a lot of money for meh production (with the exception of Gonzalez, who I expect to almost be worth his contract)….plus, the Dodger dealt 2 of their 3 best pitching prospects….they have a crap ton of solid pitching prospects, so that may not matter in the end, but those guys are some combination of riskier/lower ceiling/farther away…..no real hitting prospects to speak of….

    • manchestermiracle - Aug 26, 2012 at 7:13 PM

      The free agent class at the end of the year ain’t all that good.

  13. muckthefets - Aug 26, 2012 at 3:30 AM

    You really can’t say they are “locked up” for years when the ownership just paid 2 billion for the franchise and THEN went ahead and absorbed roughly 250 million in payroll with this deal. It is also possible that some NL fans could be upset about this or anyone for that matter when the Sox shed that much payroll it sets them up to make serious offseason moves that they wouldn’t likely have made prior to the deal.

  14. uclafightfightfight - Aug 26, 2012 at 3:48 AM

    Even better than this: Ethier set the Dodgers record for consecutive at-bats resulting in hits. He’s at 10 in a row looking for his 11th and more tomorrow. Go Dodgers!

  15. sean222 - Aug 26, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    I am just a little confused at these trade after the deadline loop holes. I believe that Gonzo is eligible for the playoffs due to the waiver wire pick up but the others were in a TRADE. That should mean regular season only, right? If not, then why have a trade deadline?

    • Bryz - Aug 26, 2012 at 9:44 AM

      July 31st is the non-waiver trade deadline. Before that date, teams can swap players as they please.

      August 31st is the waiver trade deadline. If a team wants to make a trade in August, all players must have either cleared waivers OR had been claimed by that team that’s involved in the trade. The Dodgers claimed Beckett and Gonzalez, plus Crawford and Punto had cleared waivers. That’s how those 4 were able to be traded to the Dodgers. On the other side, I’m willing to assume that Loney, De Jesus Jr., and Webster all cleared waivers whereas De La Rosa and Sands did not. Since those 2 didn’t clear, they’ve been replaced by the “player to be named later,” so that once September rolls around, they can be traded (though it sounds like they won’t join the Red Sox until after the season).

      Once September hits, players can be traded freely again, but this is when they’re no longer eligible for the playoffs.

  16. carkmonsta - Aug 26, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    All of New England was excited when the Sox signed Gonzalez. After the way he’d hit in San Diego , yes we expected he’d hit the same if better. He started off great in 2011 but like most of the team he disappeared once September rolled around. When the team choked away a playoff spot he uttered one of the most ridiculous statements you can make in N.E.: “it wasn’t in God’s will for us to make the playoffs”. A region collectively cringed and was put on notice that another excuse maker was in our midst.

    The team came out of spring training not excepting or apologizing for its putrid and pathetic late season embarrassment and struggled in the opening months. Gonzo was not considered one of the leaders of the clubhouse foolishness but was terrible at the plate. He did show that he was a good teammate though by playing some games in RF when the Sox were shorthanded.

    Once the team was in utter disarray he finally began to hit better. So thus I consider him a guy who can’t handle pressure and will not be able to play well in the tense pennant race. He was great until SD collapsed in the NL West pennant race a couple of years ago. See any connection?

    Also he was a clubhouse lawyer and a backstabber. He’ll fit in perfectly in a city like Los Angeles.

    GO GIANTS

    • stercuilus65 - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      It’s reading nonsense like this that make this deal that much sweeter! LOL

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