Adrian Gonzalez says Red Sox didn’t win because management had poor chemistry
|02.14.13 at 3:54 pm ET|
Adrian Gonzalez, set to begin his first full season with the Dodgers following last August’s trade from the Red Sox, made it clear that he’s enjoying his interaction with LA’s management better than Boston’s.
“From the time I got here, I found out right away the owners would do everything possible to win,” Gonzalez told USA Today. “They told us, ‘Play hard and have a good time, and if we don’t get to the playoffs this year, we’re going to make every effort to give you the best team next season.’ And they’ve done that.”
Much has been made about the poor chemistry in the Red Sox clubhouse last season. Gonzalez acknowledged there were issues in Boston, but he said management was the problem.
“Chemistry is something you need to have among the players but also with the owners, the coaches and the front office. It needs to be complete,” he said. “In Boston we had great chemistry among the players — we loved each other, we were together — but that was only among the players. It wasn’t there with the rest. That’s why the team didn’t win. It needs to be an organization-wide thing.”
Gonzalez was criticized for not being more of a leader in Boston. He disagrees with that sentiment.
“Being a leader for the people outside is not the same as being one for those in the clubhouse,” Gonzalez said. “You’ll hear things like, ‘He’s not a vocal leader.’ But if you ask the players, they’ll tell you I’m that guy. I do things quietly, don’t want anybody to find out, because it’s the only way to have the players’ trust.”
In Fort Myers, Red Sox CEO/president Larry Lucchino suggested that he did not have any comment on Gonzalez’s remarks aside from wishing the first baseman well in his career.
“It’s hard for me to interpret what he was saying. I haven’t seen it before. It sounded pretty general,” Lucchino said when apprised of Gonzalez’s quotes. “He could have been referring to coaches, managers, front office people. I’m not going to comment on the possibilities. I really don’t know. I have great fond feelings for him and I wish him great good luck where he is. I really don’t see it as an overall acquisition against the franchise.”
Alex Speier contributed to this report from Fort Myers.
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