Adrian Gonzalez News Conference Live Blog: ‘We Know We’re Better Than Any Team Out There’

Adrian Gonzalez News Conference Live Blog: 'We Know We're Better Than Any Team Out There' 3:12 p.m.: On Gonzo’s sense of involvement in community: “Everything the Sox do charity-wise is incredible,” mentioning the Red Sox Foundation and Jimmy Fund.

3:11 p.m.: Theo on Adrian’s leadership: “By being so engaged in the whole team and not being focused on himself shows his leadership”

3:09 p.m.: “Things will turn around. I prepare 100 percent and I never put my head down. We know we’re better than any other team out there,” says Gonzo, referring to the team’s early woes.

3:06 p.m.: Both sides — the Sox and Gonzo’s corner — developed a lot of trust during contract negotiations, says Epstein.

This is likely in regards to Gonzo’s health. His corner guaranteed a fulls late of health by Opening Day and they couldn’t have been more right.

3:05 p.m.: Theo a gambler?

“If you’re going to bet on one player, we’re very comfortable betting on Adrian Gonzalez.”

3:03 p.m.: On having certainty for the next seven years: “I’m a person that likes to just focus on winning. When the focus isn’t on the team, from my personal standpoint, that’s not where I want to be. Let’s just focus on winning.

“This just takes all those questions out of the way ans allows us to focus on winning.”

3:01 p.m.: On having Gonzo in the fold for the next seven years, Theo said: “He fits in well with our clubhouse and supplies some leadership. He makes a perfect fit for this lineup and this ballpark.”

3 p.m.: It’s Theo and Gonzo at the podium as the pair are waiting for the rest of the media members to shuffle in.

1 p.m.: The Red Sox will be announcing the contact extension of slugger Adrian Gonzalez at 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon from Fenway Park.

NESN is scheduled to air the news conference live and NESN.com’s Red Sox reporter Tony Lee will be on hand to offer feedback and analysis from the Park.

Check back here at 3 p.m. for the latest.

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