Gonzalez and Punto have nicer things to say about their time in Boston

Sam Galanis
Contributing Writer

After Carl Crawford put his two cents in on the upcoming series against the Red Sox, giving fans reason to like him even less, Adrian Gonzalez and Nick Punto offered some much nicer comments.

“For the most part, we underperformed last year in Boston, and we didn’t win,” Gonzalez said, according to NESN and ESPN.com. “The year before, we won. We just didn’t make it to the postseason at the end. I had a good time.”

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Gonzalez of course was part of two of the worst seasons in Boston’s history. He performed much better than Crawford in his two years with the Sox, which might add to his more positive outlook, but he wasn’t necessarily a fan favorite. Still, Gonzalez mainly had to be let go to free up more salary room.

Gonzalez also told ESPN that he’s not surprised that the Sox are having such a terrific year. He said that the key was building a strong team around the centerpieces of Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, and a good pitching staff. Punto agreed with Gonzalez on that point.

“Pedroia is the heartbeat of that club, and when he’s not happy, it’s not a good thing,” Punto said. “He was definitely not very happy [last year].”

So if the Dodgers ever find themselves in Boston, Gonzalez and Punto will probably have little to worry about as far as how they’ll be treated by the fans. Crawford, however, will have to tread much more carefully.

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