One of the biggest trades in MLB history was completed this weekend as the Boston Red Sox sent Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, and Nick Punto to the Los Angeles Dodgers to give the team plenty of salary relief for the next couple of seasons. While many fans were excited to see the Red Sox ship Gonzalez and his lucrative contract (he’s scheduled to make $127 million over the next six years) away, they most likely weren’t thrilled to see the new Dodger hit a home run in his first-at-bat with his new team.
As you can see in the video above, Gonzalez blasted a three-run shot off Miami Marlins pitcher Josh Johnson in the first inning to give the Dodgers a 4-1 lead at the time. Los Angeles went on to win the game 8-2 and while it may have been his only hit of the game–it’s always impressive to see a player hit one out of the park in their debut with a new team.
Boston fans were frustrated with the fact that Gonzalez was far from the powerful home-run hitter he was from 2007-10 considering he had only hit 15 out of the park prior to Saturday’s game. Who knows–maybe a fresh start with a new team was just what Gonzalez needed to get back on track.
If not–the Dodgers may be frustrated down the road considering all of the money they’re spending on their new first baseman.
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