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Sox slugger keeps the faith

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein
September 30, 2011

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Adrian Gonzalez’s postgame comments about God may have surprised - and disappointed - some Red Sox fans, but the slugger’s strong religious convictions are no secret to his teammates. In case you missed it, while speaking to reporters after the embarrassing end of the Red Sox season Wednesday, the first baseman said the team wasn’t meant to be in the playoffs. “I’m a firm believer that God has a plan and it wasn’t in his plan for us to move forward,’’ he said. “God didn’t have it in the cards for us.’’ While Gonzalez isn’t the first player to wear his religion on his sleeve - no fewer than 12 players on the 2007 Sox identified themselves as evangelical Christians who believed in the sacred authority of the Bible - he’s certainly the most outspoken on the current Sox roster. Gonzalez was one of the organizers of the first-ever “Faith Day at Fenway,’’ which was held Sept. 18 and attended by about 1,200 people. (Thanks perhaps to God, the Sox lost to Tampa earlier in the day, and Gonzalez went 0-4 with two strikeouts.) “I know I have Jesus, and he’s given me eternal life, and that’s the only thing that means something,’’ Gonzalez told the crowd that night, according to a report in the Brookline Patch. “Baseball, this is my passion, but God, he’s my life.’’ Gonzo invited the whole team to the “Faith Day’’ event, but only a few - J.D. Drew, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and pitchers Daniel Bard and Kyle Weiland - showed up.