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"Better to be in this situation than the teams that are out of it."

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Adrian Gonzalez told Barry Bloom of MLB.com that he'd rather be on a team 4.5 games out of a second wild card spot with little chance of making the playoffs than playing for his home town team that soundly beat his current team.

At least that's what I took from this quote:

"You always have to look at the optimist's point of view. We have to focus on this year. We still have a chance. Just the fact that I've been in the middle of a playoff race, there's something to be said for that. Better to be in this situation than the teams that are out of it."

Adrian thinks the Dodgers should have beaten the Padres, but he also thought the Boston Red Sox were going to go deep into the playoffs the last two years.

"Playing back here was fine," he said. "It's sour right now because we should have won the game. But it was great for me to be back and have that experience."

Adrian assumes that Padres fans are too dumb to understand the complexities of baseball transactions apparently.

"I have to answer that question a lot when I'm around here. 'Why did you leave?' I say, 'Well, I didn't leave. I was traded.' I understand. People don't understand a lot about the baseball logistics. That's just my answer. I go straight out that I didn't leave.

What he doesn't understand is that we understand that he wanted to leave San Diego all along.