Former Dodgers first baseman Adrián González took some time with our Blue Heaven Podcast this week and shared his thoughts on LA’s World Series win.
Of course, A-Gon was a key contributor to the Dodgers for 6 big league seasons. And for many fans, he was the guy that ushered in a new era of winning in the post-McCourt ownership nightmare. Adrián points to his pride in being something of a mentor for some of the players that debuted during his tenure that finally got over the hump in 2020.
Additionally, he praised Dodger pitcher Julio Urías while talking about his newfound legend status in Mexico and amongst Chicanos in and around Los Angeles.
“It was incredible to see, honestly. It was such a fun experience. I know that everyone in Mexico is still raving about it, still talking about it. One of the biggest articles is having Julio be the second Mexican pitcher after Sergio Romo to get the final out of a World Series, so that’s been a big deal.”
Immediately, thoughts turn to Fernando Valenzuela for Dodgers fans more than Sergio Romo. Seeing Julio put a team on his back for an incredible performance all throughout the postseason showing shades of the 1981 championship. Fernandomania swept through Los Angeles and Chavez Ravine in the ’80s, and that feeling for the Chicano community was rekindled with Urías this October.
“Within all the Chicano community here in LA,” Gonzalez said. “It’s been something that everybody’s seeing Julio as a potential next great Mexican pitcher — which we already all saw, but now that they saw it on the biggest stage, everyone seeing him as the next big Mexican pitcher on the world stage, which is great to see because he deserves that.”
The coming out tour was on full display for Urías and the Dodgers this October, but the hope is that’s just the beginning.
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