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Adrian Gonzalez leaves Dodgers-Australia exhibition game with lower-back tightness

Mar 20, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

While you were sleeping, the Dodgers were playing the Australian national team in an exhibition game. Yep, just a harmless exhibition game:


Backs can get tight for any reason. But if, as I suspect, a lot of players hate the idea of flying halfway around the world to play baseball games like this, Gonzalez should do his fellow union members a solid and talk up how much sitting on airplane for 15 hours played into the back tightness. It may not be the truth, but your friends will thank you so much for saying it, Adrian.

  1. pinkfloydprism - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    It must have been God’s will…

  2. TheMorningStar - Mar 20, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    Ben Cherington must be very content in the realization that he is responsible for, and the beneficiary of, the greatest trade in major league history.

  3. mikhelb - Mar 20, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    From the time I’ve known of Adrián González (since before he debuted in the majors) he has never lied to make a point, which is why he got traded by the redsox after Pedroia used Adrian’s cellphone to summon John Henry in that talk where Henry got mad with the players for taking a stand against Valentine and the way he was treating them. oh yeah Pedroia was the guy who came up with the idea but he decided to hide instead of being present. he later threw his teammates under the bus in a private meeting with Henry where the idea of trading then came up. the informer behind the “fried chicken gate”? pedroia. (a former teammate of them declared that to the press adding that there was something like a “pedroia club” in the team and if you werent part of it they would make your life misserable, even going as far as mocking them if they chose to si appart from them to avoid their negative approachs…).

    probably those declarations for spanish speaking press still exist somewhere. but i wouldnt put my hopes high. even adrian spoke about what happened. there have been other instances like a certain pitcher being told that the gm and his manager (farrell) despised him so they would make his life misserable for him to abandon the team and the sox would not have to pay him his full salary, so they began to call him up to pitch and send him to the minors after every spot start. when he got injuried the gm said to him that he was lying and threatened to cut him for indiscipline if he decided not to pitch due to his injury since the gm said there was no injury (medic reports in the redsox organization are non existent or made up, which is why the tigers never knew about Iglesias injuries, for the sox it was better that way). that pitcher was ultimately cut but his salary being paid in its entirity.

    redsox fanboys/fangirls never pay attention to those details and would even defend their teams gm/owner but theres a reason why so many players end up leaving the sox disgruntled after the columnists receive orders (and $) to report negative things about those who are about to get traded or cut. it makes the front office look good. we’ve heard nothing of sox players with current ties to people banned from mlb for peddling steroids but as soon as that player begins to underperform all hell will break loose for him (unless he gets his “suplements” in time and regains his form).

    • TheMorningStar - Mar 20, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      Why are you going off on a tangent regarding Gonzalez?? No one here is questioning his veracity; all but the most crude Sox fan would ‘blame’ Adrian for the debacle of 2012.

      There is no denying that Gonzalez is no longer the offense force he was prior to injuring his shoulder. Being able to move his enormous contract along with those of Crawford and Beckett is the reason why ‘the trade’ was most favorable for Boston.

    • TheMorningStar - Mar 20, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      Sorry, meant to say that all but the most crude Sox fans would NOT blame him for 2012.

    • hockeyflow33 - Mar 20, 2014 at 2:55 PM

      Umm, what?

  4. jimeejohnson - Mar 20, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Wasn’t sleeping: I’m an insomniac.

  5. tonyz6060chevy - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    Funny how that so called preview of the ‘ World series panned out in lae August earl September ,last year.After flying high most ot the Summer the Dodgers hit a brick wall when facing off against the Red Sox. All of a sudden they couldn’t and their stellar pitching SUCKED!!! Probably the best one from the whole lot was utility man, Nick Punto!

    P.S. If I were Andre Ethier I wouldn’t worry about playing time this year ,with the two high priced Porcelain outfielders the Dodgers have in Carl Crawford and Matt Kemp, his job in the outfield is pretty secure ! !

  6. tonyz6060chevy - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    …. Not to mention that Don Mattingley, the nice guy that he is, saved the back end of his pitching rotation,for this all important series!

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