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Adrian Gonzalez: A man and his word

When things looked bleak, it was trust that sealed the deal between Gonzalez, Red Sox

Updated: December 23, 2010, 6:03 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

LA JOLLA, Calif. -- There was little doubt in Adrian Gonzalez's mind that they were meant to be together, the skinny high school baseball player with the grand ambitions and the young woman whose affections he was determined to win.

He went to Eastlake High. Betzabe Perez went to nearby Bonita Vista High. In his spare time, he would drive from Eastlake to where her car was parked at Bonita Vista, just to drop off little notes he had scrawled.

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