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One on One With Adrian Gonzalez

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No matter how it ends, this season has been a story book season for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Their worst-to-first climb enchanted the Southland, with more than 3.7 million fans attending games this season, and I was happy to be among them.

Everyone has a favorite Dodger. The one who intrigued me the most was first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. Of course, he became a favorite of Mexican-American fans when he chose "El Mariachi Loco" as his walk out song. And, in a between innings video feature on the giant score board, when players are asked to name their favorite musical act, A-Gon responds by saying Vicente Fernandez. ("Chente" is the king of Ranchera music.) For every Sunday home game, he hosts dozens of inner city kids in the right field pavilion. He and his wife have a foundation that awards scholarships for worthy low income students.

I met Adrian and his young family briefly last season. He was reserved, but not shy, and extremely polite. I wanted to tell his story. So with a good word put in for me by the Spanish Voice of the Dodgers-- Jaime Jarrin-- and a word of encouragement from my friend, FOX 11 Sports Director Liz Habib, I was able to put together a two part report after interviewing Adrian before the final game of the regular season.

In the age of TMZ, flashy cars and sports scandals, Adrian is a throwback. He exudes professionalism and Dodger tradition. He told me his father's favorite player was Sandy Koufax.

It makes you wish Gonzalez has been a Dodger from the beginning.

I encourage you to take a few moments and watch my reports about this wonderful baseball player and family man. I hope he has a long, successful career in Dodger Blue.

Part 1 airs today 10/14 at 5pm on Studio 11 L.A.  Part 2 airs tonight at 10pm in the Fox 11 News at 10.


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