Alex Gonzalez is making his return to the Reds lineup today against the Netherlands. He’s playing DH. I can’t see any way this guy will be ready for Opening Day after being injured for the last six seasons (or so it seems). I wish Gonzo the best, but I would not be surprised if his knee exploded while rounding first base at some point. He’s just had so many problems.
Meanwhile, Dusty Baker thinks highly of Gonzalez:
“A very good player,Ã¢â‚¬Â Baker said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I talked to people in Boston, talked to people in Florida, they told heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s one of the best theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve ever seen. That is huge coming out of the shortstop position. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re involved in almost every play.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Not to mention, that heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s another offensive threat. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a guy with power, a guy who can move the ball around.Ã¢â‚¬Â
I don’t even know what to say about that.