We don’t mean to pick on Adrian Gonzalez, because he was far from last year’s only problem.
But Gonzalez is a good place to start when one ponders why the 2013 Red Sox are so much more resilient than their predecessors.
Last May, the Red Sox dropped a 2-1 contest to the Rays at Tampa Bay. Gonzalez went 0-for-4 and struck out twice. After the game, he blasted the umpires.

“I do have a question,” Gonzalez said. “How are you supposed to have a professional at-bat with these umpires nowadays? Gosh.”
He proceeded to complain, in extensive detail, about the first pitch of his at-bat in the eighth. He also expressed displeasure over multiple called strikes from earlier that week against the Mariners.
Gonzalez was the highest-paid player on the team, and the second-highest-paid player in Red Sox history. He was the central superstar on a club built around them. And even if his complaints were justified, it didn’t change that he was setting a whiny tone.
Fast-forward a year. The 2013 Red Sox have the most wins in baseball and have handled tough defeats as well as any team, the latest coming when they blew a 7-3 lead in the ninth Saturday in a 9-7 loss in 11 innings to the Angels.
Last night’s slightly more routine 3-0 setback against Los Angeles not withstanding, the question is why they are able to overcome what last year’s team could not.