Bostonís best people and ideas of 2011
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In a season punctuated by the failures of the Red Soxs off-season additions, Gonzalez prevailed. There were slight stumbles, sure Gonzalez started off the second half two for 24 and hit only one homer between July 8 and August 22. But he said the right things along the way and finished the season with 117 runs batted in (third-highest in the American League) and a .338 average (the teams best since Manny Ramirez hit .349 nearly a decade ago). All of this earned him enough good will to land him the highest of Sox honors: a Dunkin Donuts commercial.