On Saturday afternoon the Dodger executives stunned the world by trading Adrian Gonzalez along with pitchers Brandon McCarthy, Scott Kazmir and plucky utility infielder Charlie Culberson to the Atlanta Braves for former Dodger Matt Kemp. The move was considered a straight salary dump for the Dodgers who are struggling to stay below the luxury tax threshold. It also frees up several roster spots on the 40-man roster.
Unfortunately it also meant that Adrian Gonzalez’s tenure with the Dodgers came to an end. It’s important to look back on Gonzo’s career and remember what a rock he had been for the Dodgers during his five plus years in Los Angeles. Gonzalez was acquired from the Red Sox in that blockbuster trade that also sent Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto to the Dodgers as well.
The stoic first baseman homered in his first at-bat as a Dodger. That set the tone for the strong quiet slugger to be a leader in the clubhouse and have a wonderfully successful career. We’re looking back at some of the best Gonzo moments of all time as we say goodbye to our butter and egg man.
Favorite Adrian Gonzalez moment: Game 5 2013 NLCS: Gonzalez blasts two home runs against Cardinals, flshes Mickey Mouse ears
The Cardinals had accused Gonzo of conducting mickey mouse business so he did just that by flashing his version of disneyland during the first of two towering home runs in game 5 of the 2013 NLCS.
We’ll never forget you Gonzo!