Former Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez recently sat down with Kristine Leahy and discussed topics such as the Astros sign stealing, being traded five times in his career, and his relationship with Yasiel Puig.
Gonzalez arrived in LA in 2012, one year before Puig’s major league debut in which he instantly became a fan favorite. Despite the several flashes of greatness, Puig has been dragged down by inconsistent play and a temper that has caused several benches to clear throughout his career.
“When he came in, he had those moments where he did things that he shouldn’t do,” Gonzalez said of his early relationship with Puig. “I was there to say ‘hey,’ whenever something happened like, ‘don’t do that again.”
Despite his flaws, Gonzalez was glad to build a relationship with the breakout Cuban star, noting that “he’s got the biggest heart.”
Throughout their five seasons together as Dodgers, Gonzalez told Leahy that he and Puig had some great times together not just playing the game, but off the field as well. They built a relationship that has lasted even as Gonzalez is now retired and Puig is a free agent.
“Even to this day, we’re always texting and talking,” Gonzalez said. “We were just able to build a really good relationship that we can continue on even after baseball.”