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Playoffs aren't in the plan for Adrian Gonzalez and the Red Sox

Adrian Gonzalez bites his lip as he walks off the field, eliminated from the Wild Card race.
Adrian Gonzalez bites his lip as he walks off the field, eliminated from the Wild Card race.

It was really fun hearing about the Red Sox missing out on the playoffs. I am not a fan of theirs... at all.

The first thing I checked this morning was Adrian Gonzalez's reaction. I get extra enjoyment knowing that he lost and his plan to take a short cut to a World Series championship failed.

After all he was hoping that the Red Sox would sweep the Padres this season. He even made a comment about how the Padres' 2010 season was fun but the Red Sox were planning on going deep into the playoffs this year. Yesterday was a fun reminder that sometimes things don't go according to plan.

Now, if the Red Sox would have actually swept the Padres they would have won the AL Wild Card. Hell, if they would have won 2 out of 3 they would have been in the playoffs. They didn't. The Padres took the series from them in their own park.

Gonzalez's response was predictable if you remember how he took no responsibility for leaving San Diego for money and fame. It's also interesting that he blames ESPN and the high profile games as part of the reason for the collapse.

Peter Abraham, a Boston reporter, was annoyed with Adrian's lack of accountability as well.

"It's definitely something that didn't plan for. We were wholly confident that we would make the playoffs but it didn't happen," he said. "We didn't do a better job with the lead. I'm a firm believer that God has a plan and it wasn't in his plan for us to move forward."

Asked what he saw from the team this month, Gonzalez stayed on his theme.

"God didn't have it in the cards for us," he said.

On Tuesday, when I asked him about the collapse of the team, Gonzalez blamed the schedule, not the Almighty.

"We play too many night games on getaway days and get into places at 4 in the morning," Gonzalez said. "This has been my toughest season physically because of that. We play a lot of night games on Sunday for television and that those things take a lot out of you."

I told Gonzalez that teams like the Red Sox and Yankees have long had those challenges, it's part of playing for a high-profile team.

"Why does it have to be?" he said. "They can put the Padres on ESPN, too. The schedule really hurt us. Nobody is really reporting that."

Abraham's response:

Crawford stood only a few steps away from where Gonzalez sat. But how they handled the end of the season were miles apart. Crawford was accountable, Gonzalez was not.

Believe if you will the amateur psychologists out there who have never met the guy and believe Crawford can't handle Boston. I think he just had a terrible season, something a lot of high-profile players go through. Being bounced around the lineup didn't help.

But at least he stood up at the end, admitted it and didn't pin it on God and ESPN.