Good-bye San Diego Padres, Hello AL-East

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Hey Rollers.  It’s me, Lourdes.  You’re not-so-local Vegas gal.  With my first RollinSD post, I thought it would be rude of me not to introduce myself.

I’m going to say it. I, am a Yankee fan and had to convince TMTMTL that I would be a good contributor and not rip on his Red Sox too much.  As such, I honestly pay no attention to the National League.  I apologize.  Although, I will say that as your newest  RollinSD sports contributor, I will make large efforts to pay some attention. I do, after all like baseball and well, you have the Padres.

That being said, San Diego, you have my deepest sympathies in your loss of A-Gon.  A-who, you ask?

A-Gon.  Adrian Gonzalez.  Former Golden Child (and I mean this quite literally) of the San Diego Padres over the last five seasons.  He’s no A-Rod (forgive me, I did say I was a Yankee fan), but I can see why he’s a bit of a big deal.  Although he may be a future A-Rod… They both after all, played for the Rangers.

Adrian Gonzalez, left handed first baseman and power hitter, two -time Golden Glove winner and three season All-Star leaves the Padres and donned the jersey of the enemy.  Welcome to Fenway sir.  I assume the Green Monster will pose no problems for Gonzalez, none whatsoever.

Gonzalez, who, despite an injury last season, still managed on OPS of over .900.  Gonzalez in fact, is a consistent hitter who’s OPS has never fallen below .900 through his time with the Padres.  Add in the fact that he plays great defense at 1B and you have a player who (Sorry SD fans) outgrew the small time market (and bankroll) of the Padres.

There has been some speculation that the Gonzalez trade and contract may have affected and/or has yet to affect contract dealings with other NL power hitter and first baseman, Albert Pujols.  Pujols, going into what could be his last season at first base with the Cardinals is looking for one of the largest, if not the largest salaries in Major League Baseball.  At three years his senior, Gonzalez is not far behind Pujols in consistency and talent in the batter’s box and beyond, the two often being compared.

With Gonzalez reporting for camp with the BoSox and Pujols uncertainty hanging over 2011 and the Yankee’s Texeira screaming that he will not waive his no-trade clause (I mean who can blame him for that), what jersey will Pujols be wearing when he reports to Spring Training come 2012?

Again Padres fans, you have my deepest condolences.  ~Lucky Lourdes

John is a badass motha fucka

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