Gonzo goes Ichiro

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    Gonzo goes Ichiro

    From WEEI.com:

    It has been 44 days since Adrian Gonzalez's Red Sox career began in earnest with his first regular season appearance in the uniform.

    Already, his legend is growing by leaps and bounds.

    In the latest twist to what is becoming a historic onslaught of home runs, Gonzalez made an adjustment seemingly more suited to a backyard game of wiffle ball than a Saturday night affair in The Bronx against New York Yankees ace CC Sabathia.

    After striking out and grounding out twice against Sabathia, once into an inning-ending double play, Gonzalez said to teammates and manager Terry Francona prior to their fourth encounter in the seventh inning that he was going to utilize a swing modeled after Ichiro Suzuki, whose iconic form sees him thrust his hips ahead of the rest of his body and almost sweep out of the box as he swings.

    To make that kind of mid-game adjustment, and a bold one at that, and then crush a Sabathia fastball into the seats in right-center field, speaks to how incredible Gonzalez is at the plate.

    "He amazes me," Francona said. "I mean, when you say you're going to do it and you do it, that’s pretty impressive."

    Gonzalez joked that he "wasn’t going to use the same approach" he had in the first three at-bats. By making the change, and finding success, he reinforced the idea that there may be no better hitter in the game at adjusting on the fly.

    On Tuesday in Toronto, Gonzalez struck out swinging and then looking in his first two at-bats against Blue Jays righty Kyle Drabek. In their third meeting, Gonzalez slugged a two-run shot to left. He added another off reliever Frank Francisco in the ninth inning of that game.

    As impressive as that display was, the buzz surrounding the Ichiro impression will last a little longer.

    "I was looking for a ball in, [try to] clear the hips early," Gonzalez said. "I told [Francona] I was going to do it."

    "He said he was going to have a little bit of Ichiro, a little leak," Francona said. "He said, 'Do you have a problem with it?' I said, 'Not if you get a hit.'"

    He did, and by doing so extended his streak of games with at least one home run to four. Gonzalez has eight blasts in 11 games overall. While the slugger took it all in stride, saying he goes through something like this a couple of times a year, the words "Triple Crown" were even tossed around in the Red Sox clubhouse.

    Jason Varitek was asked if he there was a chance.

    "It's May, but obviously Adrian's bat speaks for itself," Varitek said. "It would be nice to see somebody be able to do that."

    Varitek's right. Far too early for such talk. That said, Gonzalez entered the night leading the American League in RBIs and among the leaders in batting and home runs. He also has an early edge on the rest of the league in Ichiro impressions, and it's safe to say that if anyone else tries it, they won't have the same result. That's just part of the growing Adrian Gonzalez legend.

     
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    Gonzalez is a pure hitter..You just dont understand until you see him play everyday..His adjustments and profesionalism. He was well worth Rizzo, Kelly and Fuentes.. When he pulled out on that first pitch in his last AB against CC, I was like "Hes looking up and in." Next pitch...ICHIROOOOO!!!!! Looked just like him pulling out like that..The Guy is awesome!!!
     
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    He's the #1 hitter in the league right now in my opinion... people can make their case for Jose Bautista and his league leading 13 homeruns but he only has 23 RBI. Gonzo for his part has 9 jacks along with 34 driven in, he also sports a .378 BA with runners in scoring position an average elevating to over .500 with RISP and 2 outs. Just as a side note, Jose Bautista is batting .217 with runners in scoring position this season another strong case for Gonzo being the better hitter.

    As for the Ichiro type swing, I noticed the new approach on CC's first offering of the AB... Amazingly enough Gonzo was able to come thru again for the Sox with a solid line drive deep to right.
     
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    [QUOTE]From WEEI.com: It has been 44 days since Adrian Gonzalez 's Red Sox career began in earnest with his first regular season appearance in the uniform. Already, his legend is growing by leaps and bounds. In the latest twist to what is becoming a historic onslaught of home runs, Gonzalez made an adjustment seemingly more suited to a backyard game of wiffle ball than a Saturday night affair in The Bronx against New York Yankees ace CC Sabathia . After striking out and grounding out twice against Sabathia, once into an inning-ending double play, Gonzalez said to teammates and manager Terry Francona prior to their fourth encounter in the seventh inning that he was going to utilize a swing modeled after Ichiro Suzuki , whose iconic form sees him thrust his hips ahead of the rest of his body and almost sweep out of the box as he swings. To make that kind of mid-game adjustment, and a bold one at that, and then crush a Sabathia fastball into the seats in right-center field, speaks to how incredible Gonzalez is at the plate. "He amazes me," Francona said. "I mean, when you say you're going to do it and you do it, that’s pretty impressive." Gonzalez joked that he "wasn’t going to use the same approach" he had in the first three at-bats. By making the change, and finding success, he reinforced the idea that there may be no better hitter in the game at adjusting on the fly. On Tuesday in Toronto, Gonzalez struck out swinging and then looking in his first two at-bats against Blue Jays righty Kyle Drabek . In their third meeting, Gonzalez slugged a two-run shot to left. He added another off reliever Frank Francisco in the ninth inning of that game. As impressive as that display was, the buzz surrounding the Ichiro impression will last a little longer. "I was looking for a ball in, [try to] clear the hips early," Gonzalez said. "I told [Francona] I was going to do it." "He said he was going to have a little bit of Ichiro, a little leak," Francona said. "He said, 'Do you have a problem with it?' I said, 'Not if you get a hit.'" He did, and by doing so extended his streak of games with at least one home run to four. Gonzalez has eight blasts in 11 games overall. While the slugger took it all in stride, saying he goes through something like this a couple of times a year, the words "Triple Crown" were even tossed around in the Red Sox clubhouse. Jason Varitek was asked if he there was a chance. "It's May, but obviously Adrian's bat speaks for itself," Varitek said. "It would be nice to see somebody be able to do that." Varitek's right. Far too early for such talk. That said, Gonzalez entered the night leading the American League in RBIs and among the leaders in batting and home runs. He also has an early edge on the rest of the league in Ichiro impressions, and it's safe to say that if anyone else tries it, they won't have the same result. That's just part of the growing Adrian Gonzalez legend.
    Posted by mrmojo1120[/QUOTE]

    Last night's dinger was loverly to behold. 

    He cheated, as Tito says, on the inside high fastball.  They got him on the inside stuff the first 3 times, but I'd say he evened the score with Sabathia fairly convincingly.
     
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    This guy is sick. Beautiful swing.
     
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    Its gonna be a nice 7 years with him at 1b...
     
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    [QUOTE]Its gonna be a nice 7 years with him at 1b...
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    Amen and amen!!!!
     
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    [QUOTE]Its gonna be a nice 7 years with him at 1b...
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     And hopefully a couple more after that.
     
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    Re: Gonzo goes Ichiro

    Tito echoed the same thing this morning on Ed Randall's Talking Baseball show on the FAN in NYC.  The leg kick allowed him to load up early and turn on the inside fastball ending the game and signaling the birth of a new Yankee killer!
     
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    After reading the article, what I take from it is that the guy's gettin comfortable in his new digs...To have the "gut's" to make that adjustment and risk looking like a little leaguer, then "pahk it" in a nationally televised game in Yankee stadium against CC Sabathia might be a defining moment in an otherwise lackluster season so far...Hopefully it will serve as a catalyst for the rest of the boys to just relax, have little fun and just play ball...

       Who's otherwise lackluster year?  If you mean the Sox, ok (for themoment).  If you mean Adrian, you must be missing something rather large.  He's been hitting over.300 for a good while.  He's been mashing the HR ball like crazy the last 7 games or so ...
     
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    Re: Gonzo goes Ichiro

    I like the fact that he was a team player about it too: informing Francona that he was going to try something unorthodox in his next at bat, basically asking for permission.

    It'll be interesting to see if he keeps doing it when opposing pitchers try again to bust him up and in.  Maybe other players will also borrow from the great, but unorthodox Ichiro.
     
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    Re: Gonzo goes Ichiro

    What Gonzalez showed is that good hitting is not just reactive. Far from it. Good hitters go to the plate with an idea. It may be as simple as laying off bad pitches or not trying to pull everything. It may be as wise as making an adjustment after two strikes. Or it may be as sly and clever as what Gonzalez pulled off.   
     

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