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Gonzalez began with pocket of quarters

First manager reflects on when Red Sox first baseman paid to practice

Originally Published: February 10, 2011
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- He was the team's No. 1 draft pick, the first player chosen in the country, and already 18-year-old Adrian Gonzalez was in trouble with his manager, Kevin Boles, because of how he was spending his free time.

His offense?

"I heard he was going to the town's batting cages at night and throwing quarters in the machines to get extra swings,'' Boles said at Red Sox spring training Thursday, smiling as he recalled how he had to summon Gonzalez for a little heart-to-heart ...

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