It’s been 3 years since El Mariachi Loco has blasted through the speaker system at Chavez Ravine. The Dodgers haven’t been able to use that song to hype up fans since Adrian Gonzalez moved on from the team following the 2017 season. But no matter how it ended, Gonzo was a big part of the team’s long-term success.
We caught up with the former Dodgers first baseman this week and discussed what he has been up to as of late. More importantly, we asked Gonzo what it was like to watch a team that he had invested so much into finally reach the pinnacle of baseball glory. Gonzo immediately pointed out the young guys that he got to sort of mentor, and how great it was to watch them thrive in the postseason.
I mean it was great, just seeing guys that I remember getting to the big leagues for the first time. I remember those conversations, and the talks and everything. And seeing where they’re at now. I see Corey have the series that he had and the playoffs that he had, and you see Joc comes up with some big hits, and Austin Barnes, a bunch of different guys. Julio Urias, all these guys just have incredible playoffs. Those are guys that came up when I was there and I had really good conversations with them and I’m not going to go out and say I mentored them, but I definitely gave them advice. It was great to see those guys have the success that they had.
Gonzalez was already in his 30s by the time the Dodgers started to call up their young talent. Joc made his debut at 22 years-old in 2014, Adrian’s third season in LA. Seager, Urias, and Barnes would all make their debut in the years following Joc. Even if it was not his intention, it was only natural that young players would seek out the advice and mentorship of a player of Gonzalez’s caliber.
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