Adrian Gonzalez defends his clubhouse reputation

Monday August 27th, 2012

Adrian Gonzalez has been an instant hit as a Dodger.  (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Adrian Gonzalez has been an instant hit with the Los Angeles Dodgers, homering in his first at-bat at Dodgers Stadium on Saturday, then coming within a few feet of a grand slam on Sunday.

Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times has Gonzalez's comments on the blockbuster trade that returned the former San Diego Padre to SoCal and why his clubhouse rep came into question in Boston.

As for why the Boston media didn't take to him, he said, "They didn't like that I was a calm person. I won't throw my helmet, I won't scream, I won't use bad words if I strike out. That's what they want over there."

Gonzalez wasn't bothered by the sudden and dramatic change in his public image.

"You can't control what others say," he said. "I was the same person in San Diego. They took me over there and I didn't change. My intensity, how I prepared, everything was the same. When they took me over there, they took me over there to drive in runs. And I did that."

Reports identified Gonzalez as one of several Red Sox who voiced their displeasure with new manager Bobby Valentine prior to the trade. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherrington has defended Gonzalez, saying the team had no issues with him and that the 9-player trade had nothing to do with changing the team's clubhouse culture.

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