Adrian Gonzalez will always have strong ties to San Diego.

This is where he was born and raised. His family remains in San Diego. In fact, San Diego is the first baseman's off-season home.

When asked Tuesday if he grew up a Dodger fan, Gonzalez wasted no time with his response: "I was a Padres fan."

So San Diego will always be special to Gonzalez.

But when Gonzalez returned to Petco Park Tuesday, there was very little time for nostalgic remembrances of his five seasons as a Padre. This was a business trip.

Gonzalez is a Dodger now. And the Dodgers desperately need wins to overtake St. Louis for the second wildcard berth in the National League.