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Adrian Gonzalez is a great hitter, but does he get it? Does he have the right mindset to be a star athlete in Boston? (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Boston first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was asked in an interview with ESPN today about some of the Red Sox’ starting pitchers eating fried chicken and drinking beer in the clubhouse during games last year, including in September when the team went 7-20.

“We just didn’t play good baseball,” Gonzalez replied. “I think people have to eat, whether it’s chicken or steak.”

Gonzalez wasn’t bothered by it.

“No, I don’t think because they’ve got to be ready for the next game,” he said. “I think more than anything it was just the fact that we didn’t play good baseball. We didn’t play good defense for our pitchers. We didn’t get those timely hits that we needed to, to bring in that extra run. We didn’t prevent enough runs. So it was a team as a whole that we failed.”

Gonzalez made some foolish excuses at the end of last season about why the Red Sox played so poorly in September and were unable to make the playoffs. He basically blamed God, saying God didn’t have it in the cards for the Red Sox, and he also talked about the tough schedule, saying the team played too many Sunday night games.

Adrian: You’re on the Boston Red Sox now. You’re not on some sub-.500 team such as San Diego. When you’re playing in a big market, then you have to play more Sunday night games. You should want to play on the big stage. Isn’t that what it’s all about?

He now comes out with this response: “People have to eat, whether it’s chicken or steak.”

Adrian: Fried chicken from Popeyes isn’t too healthy. It’s not what a major leaguer should be eating to prepare for the next game. By eating unhealthy like that, it pretty much showed the Red Sox starters didn’t really care anymore and had given up on the season.

Don’t make any more ridiculous excuses and try to justify your teammates’ poor behavior, Adrian.

Is Gonzalez a good fit for Boston if he is going to make these type of excuses and comments?

Well, he certainly can hit the baseball. But it takes more than just athletic ability to be a star athlete in Boston.

It takes leadership and a will to want to win. Does Gonzalez have either of those two qualities. He hasn’t showed them yet.

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