A fond farewell to Adrian Gonzalez's time with the Dodgers
Saturday marked the end of an era for the Dodgers, as former All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was traded to the Braves in a five-player deal. In a bizarre twist, Gonzalez both arrived and departed Los Angeles in blockbuster deals.
The Dodgers were quite successful throughout Gonzalez's tenure, winning five consecutive NL West titles with Gonzalez playing a key role in the heart of the lineup, though injury issues led to Cody Bellinger's emergence this past season. Gonzalez hit .280/.339/.454 with 164 doubles and 101 homers, leading the team in the latter two categories between 2012-17.
It all started with a bang. After the Dodgers made the big trade to acquire Gonzalez from the Red Sox on Aug. 25, 2012, Gonzalez crushed his very first pitch as a Dodger out of the park that same night:
It was the start of a wonderful bond between Gonzalez and Dodgers fans, one packed with many highlights. The dingers played a big part, and Gonzalez joined Duke Snider and Shawn Green as the only players in Dodgers history to hit three homers in a game on two different occasions (Corey Seager also joined this club in 2017).
The first time Gonzalez got the hat trick was on April 8, 2015, at home against the Padres:
Then, on Aug. 22, 2016, he did it again, this time at Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park:
Gonzalez wasn't all about offense, either. He won a Gold Glove in 2014 for his tremendous work at first base:
When it came down to the tightest moments, Gonzalez was who the Dodgers wanted up, whether it was a playoff opener ...
... a tight NLCS matchup ...
... or a late September walk-off scenario to hold off the archrival Giants for the division crown:
Gonzalez took a step back in 2017, but in his final at-bat with the Dodgers on Sept. 26, he said goodbye to the fans in the exact same manner that he said hello -- with a long ball:
Happy trails, A-Gone.