Dodgers infielder Nick Punto ♥ Boston.

Nick Punto

Nick Punto played 65 games with the Boston Red Sox last season before being traded to the Dodgers in August. (Getty Images)

Nick Punto was happy to find out he’d been traded from the Boston Red Sox to the Los Angeles Dodgers last season.

That’s about the worst thing you’ll hear him say about his former team.

With the two teams set to play each other three times this weekend, Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford has been outspoken about his two injury plagued seasons with the Red Sox. (“Just to be out of that situation is the best thing to ever happen to me,” he told me a couple weeks ago.) Josh Beckett and Adrian Gonzalez have been downright avoidant when discussing their old team.

Not Punto.

“I loved it there,” he said. “I thought it was unbelievable there. The accountability factor, you go the grocery store and get hitting advice.”

The reason he was happy to be traded along with Gonzalez, Beckett and Crawford is simple. “We were going from a last place team to a first-place team.”

Punto’s looked reinvigorated as a utility infielder with the Dodgers. He was hitting .200 at the time of the trade on August 25, 2012, but batted .286 last season after his arrival, and .257 this season — .375 since the calendar turned to August.

The Orange County resident is also much closer to home.

“Me and my wife talk about (Boston),” he said. “It was great for families and kids, a great place to live.”

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About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.