In the battle for the NL Championship between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Adrian Gonzalez struck a big blow with his two home runs in Game 5. Does he have more on his mind than winning for his current team?
In his only previous postseason appearance, Gonzalez was the 24-year-old first baseman for the 2006 NL West Champion San Diego Padres. His team had home-field advantage in the NLDS vss the Cardinals, who topped the NL Central with only 83 wins. The Cardinals won the first two games in San Diego, then wrapped it up in St Louis with Game 4. They went on to beat the New York Mets and the Detroit Tigers to become world champions.
Gonzalez had five hits in the series, but only one on his home field. It was his home field. Gonzalez was born in San Diego and grew up in Chula Vista, CA in San Diego County. The Padres were essentially his home team. To be knocked out so early in the playoffs by a team perceived as a lesser power that year must have rankled.
Fast forward to 2013 and Gonzalez has the World Series in his sights again. There again are those pesky Cardinals. Adam Wainwright closed out the three wins in that 2006 NLDS and Yadier Molina was the catcher. Their Cardinal Way is in his Dodger Way.
The Cardinals would do well to tread carefully around Gonzalez and send “Mickey Mouse” back to la-la land with his postseason hopes crushed once more.
Sara Lefebvre is a St. Louis Cardinals writer for RantSports.com. Connect with her on Google.