Adrian Gonzalez: Special delivery

Tracing the path that led the new Red Sox slugger to the majors, and eventually Boston

Updated: December 22, 2010, 1:56 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

They left the offices of the Boston Red Sox on Yawkey Way and were headed back to the Mandarin Oriental hotel, with the intention -- this can't be happening -- of returning to San Diego. His agent, John Boggs, was already checking on flights. His wife, Betsy, was on notice to pack their bags.

The cabbie had the radio on, tuned to sports talk. He turned it down when they got in. No, Adrian Gonzalez said, leave it on. The callers were frustrated, bewildered, incredulous. Gonzalez kind of ...

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