Looking back now, five months after the Red Sox' ignominious end to last season, Adrian Gonzalez finally can admit it. He regrets participating in the Home Run Derby.

Just not for the reasons you may think.

Gonzalez still bristles at the notion, to which Red Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan subscribes, that the event disrupted his timing, messed with his swing and caused him to hit 10 home runs and slug .489 during his last 70 games after he had belted 17 homers and slugged .591 in his first 89 en route to establishing himself as an early AL MVP favorite.