December 6th 2010. A day that Red Sox fans rejoiced as the team finally got the face of the franchise. After a year of lukewarm rumors, Adrian Gonzalez came to Boston. Theo Epstein had to part with his best prospects but it didn't matter to fans. His arrival gave the fans back a confidence that was slowly sucked out of them after a season in which injury upon injury put the Sox in the middle of the pack in the American League.
With Gonzo in the middle of the lineup, the Red Sox were set up as perennial favorites to win the World Series. Sixteen months later, the Sox are in rough shape thanks to a patched up bullpen and an ownership closing their checkbooks after a couple years of overspending.
You can’t blame Theo, or anyone really, for being enamored with Adrian Gonzalez. He is one of the best pure hitters in all of baseball; with the perfect combination of discipline, knowledge, and power. The team finally found someone that filled the void created when Manny Ramirez was shipped out of town, the guy in the lineup that will make a pitcher pay if they didn’t pinpoint every single pitch. His Gold Glove caliber defense was the cherry on top. When the Sox signed him for seven years, $154 million it seemed like a steal.
But with how the team is set up and all the issues that haunt them, it’s hard not to look back and ask: Do the Sox have the right Adrian?