The excitement of Red Sox fans is plentiful, but it's hard for them to truly know what to expect from Adrian Gonzalez. Sure, they've seen those eye-popping numbers, but most of them don't stay up until 1 a.m. every night to watch the Padres.
To help them out, NESN.com Red Sox reporter Tony Lee put together a five-part feature that describes Gonzalez, from his childhood to the present.
Part 1: Gonzalez gets his start as a backyard Wiffle Ball player.
Part 2: Doubters fill Gonzalez's minor league journey.
Part 3: Gonzalez doesn't succumb to pressure when joining Padres.
Part 4: Gonzalez rises to superstardom in hometown San Diego.
Part 5: Inspired by Ted Williams, Gonzalez expects big things at Fenway Park.