Given the way everything ended in Boston, it's easy to forget just how good Adrian Gonzalez is.

There's a reason the Red Sox [team stats] signed him to a $154 million extension, and it's not because they thought he represented everything wrong with the team and the game.

Red Sox fans would be wise to remember this the next time they reflexively say, "Good riddance," and instead consider the giddy words of Dodgers manager Don Mattingly yesterday.