Adrian Gonzalez’s first game against the Padres as a Dodger on Monday inspired a bit of soul-searching in San Diego. Not from Gonzalez himself — he called it “just another series” — but from the local media, which is taking advantage of this series to look both forward and backwards.
The Union-Tribune sent its sports enterprise reporter to Dodger Stadium recently, as did a San Diego radio station. Jay Paris of the North County Times today came to grips with the unfamiliar sight of Gonzalez in (Dodger) blue:
It’s still difficult accepting that Gonzalez exited San Diego in the prime of his career. …But that is dirty water under the bridge. He’s a Dodger, like it or not Padre Nation, and will be for a long time.
The U-T also offered this poll question last week: Will you root for Adrian Gonzalez to make the playoffs with the Dodgers?
To summarize the early returns: The Dodgers shouldn’t expect any love coming from the city to the south.