Nobody goes to a ballpark in a hurry. The sport's most famous song, "Take Me Out to The Ball Game," encourages people never to go home.

There is no clock, yet Carlos Gonzalez can hear one ticking on this season. This was going to be his "The Empire Strikes Back" sequel to 2010, when he won a batting title and finished third in the National League MVP voting. But something happened on his way from gold standard to platinum.