Adrian Gonzalez had trouble handling the media in 2011 due to his lack of exposure to the limelight with the San Diego Padres to start his career.
He said the wrong things at times and even was misinterpreted on more than one occasion.
For instance, he blamed the schedule of the last month of the season for the lack of wins, reported the Boston Globe's Peter Abraham last season.
"“We play too many night games on getaway days and get into places at 4 in the morning," said Gonzalez." "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… Why does it have to be? … The schedule really hurt us, but nobody is really reporting that.”
In 2012, however, he has been one of the players who has shown up on a daily basis and faced the media like a champ.
Sure, there has been the hiccup, like when he announced that he would hit a home run the next day. But he really has settled into the quiet leadership form that most everyone thought he would be when he arrived in Boston.