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Quick Quote: Adrian Gonzalez

March 13th, 2010 by Melvin

“It’s sad to say, but having been traded a couple of times, I play for the guys in the clubhouse, the players, Buddy [Black] and his staff,” Gonzalez says. “I play in San Diego, but I’m not playing for the name across the jersey. I play for the guys in the clubhouse. You learn that you play for them.”

The Padres have given Adrian Gonzalez around $4.7 million dollars over his career. That’s not $180 million, but apparently it hasn’t been enough to convince him to play for the team. At the very least it should be enough to not say stupid things like this to the public.

I’ve been saying it a lot lately, but hearing Adrian and remembering Jake Peavy talk sure makes me appreciate Heath Bell, the only face of the Padres the last few years who seems to like the team.

Via CBS Sports

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11 Responses to “Quick Quote: Adrian Gonzalez”

  1. william says:

    you’ll hear similar comments from Heath Bell when he is pitching in Atlanta in June.

    Besides that Adrian makes a point. SD has shown no loyalty to any of the players recently, and when ever guys like Trevor or Jake are shown the door, all we hear is, “it’s a business.”

    Yep, it is. And Adrian gets that.

    • Melvin says:

      To be fair, Heath has never gone through a contract negotiation with the team.

      But from memory, Bell says things like San Diego needs more respect from big markets, how he wants to finish his career here, etc. I’m sure Adrian has dropped his share of clichés about doing it for the fans, but comments like these show to Gonzalez they’re just that.

      Bell enthusiastically and zealously talks up the fans in San Diego and the Padres as a whole. It’s refreshing.

      Second, “loyalty” is not money. The Yankees aren’t more loyal to players than the Padres are, they just have more money to spend.

      If a player wants loyalty from the team he should demonstrate his own. Adrian negotiating his next contract through the media, asking to be paid like the third highest paid player in baseball from a team in one of the smallest markets, during a shaky ownership environment, all during the deepest economic depression since the great one doesn’t earn him loyalty or money.

    • william says:

      Adrian negotiating his next contract through the media, asking to be paid like the third highest paid player in baseball from a team in one of the smallest markets, during a shaky ownership environment, all during the deepest economic depression since the great one doesn’t earn him loyalty or money.

      ____________________

      I fail to see how this is Adrians doing? He is just a ball player. This whole idea that players aren’t allowed to speak unless it’s all fluff and roses is BS.

      I rarely if ever see anybody tell a Friar GM to shut the eff up when they negotiate, or make disparaging comments, though the media. Alderson was the master of it, and got away with it in this town for a few years before people started getting sick of it.

      Kevin Towers certainly spoke his mind. He was one of the most brutally honest guys out there. No one told him to shut up. (no one but me) ..

      So please tell me .. why is Adrian not allowed to speak bluntly to the media again? Because the Padres paid him 4.7 million while he was earning 6 times that?

    • Melvin says:

      I was responding to your assertion that San Diego has not shown any loyalty.

      Adrian’s allowed to say whatever he wants, and ask for however much money he wants. In a way, it is kind of refreshing. But I’m not going to want him around if he insults the fans who pay his salary.

  2. DM says:

    We need to cut adrian some slack, the team is coming off one of the largest payroll cuts in recent memory. It forced them to treat some long term players somewhat shabbily.

    Not to mention the fact that the entire “front of the jersey” comments were almost directly aimed at Adrian. So it is hard to see why he should be all that excited about the statement.

    Now what I am surprised at is the candor which Adrian is showing with the media. It may just be frustration (as these questions/rumors have been swirling for at least a year now), it may be that Adrian is just not as squishy/nice of a guy as we all thought he was.

  3. DM says:

    I wonder if the bitterness came when the Edgar experiment was abandoned. I really don’t remember him talking like this when Edgar was on the team. A little pet theory, but fun to ponder.

    • Melvin says:

      Yeah, one of my pet theories has been wondering if these brother combos may damage the Padres’ relationship with the better brother when the inferior brother under-performs and the team cuts ties with him.

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  5. Jacob says:

    I’m actually surprised he’d say this since it’s his howntown team. It wasn’t a total blow-up, but it won’t sit well with the fans.

    I suppose the negotiations are getting to him. The Edgar Theory is intriguing.

    I’d say Adrian is as good as gone. Heck, I’d trade him. It seems he wants a ton of money. The team has a 1B replacement.

    The roster has improved, but it would take a miracle this year. From this point, his trade value should peak at this year’s deadline.

    Of course, just about anyone who comes here, knows pretty much all of this stuff.

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