Thursday, April 9, 2015
It's A-Gon's world, and we're just living in it
How good must life be for Adrian Gonzalez right now?
Last night before the Dodgers played the final game of a three-game set against the Padres, Gonzalez picked up his fourth Gold Glove and second Silver Slugger awards from 2014. He'd already collected six hits, two homers, and three RBIs through two games, and was clearly flying high.
Well, after Wednesday night's mammoth three home run outburst, which helped down the Padres 7-4, I'd say he's flying as high as the moon right now.
And with that, A-Gon set a bit of history by becoming the first player EVER to hit five home runs in the first three games of the season. That's just incredible. I'm a little surprised nobody else has done that in the history of baseball, not that it's an easy thing to do. But to do something that nobody has ever done through all of the years of professional baseball is downright crazy.
I'm not sure many people would even remember, much less guess in the first place, that he led all of baseball in RBIs last season with 116. Not Mike Trout. Not Miguel Cabrera. Not Giancarlo Stanton. Gonzalez did.
So maybe we shouldn't be the least bit surprised at what he's doing, even as he's approaching the "old" age of 33 in about a month. OK, so maybe that's not THAT old even in baseball terms, but it's still on the wrong age of 30 in a sport that focuses so much on young talent. He's not getting any younger, but he's still playing at a very high level on both sides of the field.
It's hard to know where the Dodgers would be without him. He came over to the club in the infamous mega-deal with the Red Sox in 2012, and he's been a fixture at first base ever since. After hitting 22 homers and 100 RBIs in 2013, he followed that up with his 27/116 campaign last year. Obviously, he won't kill the ball like this all season, but there's no reason to think that with a deeper lineup around him this year, those numbers won't go up even more when it's all said and done.
Let's see how long he can ride this current hitting streak, which can best be described as "white hot." Maybe if we ask him nicely, he can spread out some of these home runs so the Dodgers can win every game?
Just a thought.