Adrian Gonzalez learned long ago that there's no point in trying to win the war of words once his quotes are in the media. So the Red Sox slugger hasn't rushed to defend himself after being criticized over comments at the end of the season in which he blamed the team's travel schedule — which included a number of night games on getaway days — as a cause of fatigue.

But in a recent interview with San Diego sports radio station XX1090, Gonzalez shed some light on what he was thinking.

"I know I am taking a little bit of heat for the scheduling part, but that wasn't something I did on my own," Gonzalez said. "The writer came up to me and said, 'Has the schedule been tough on you this year?' I said we played a lot of getaway night games. I said it has been the most grueling season physically for me.