He has been in town for fewer than four months, yet Adrian Gonzalez was greeted by a line snaked around the premises of the East Los Angeles Civic Center on Saturday.
Hes handing out toys that he donated as part of the 12th Annual Winter Wonderland Holiday Celebration and East L.A. on Ice, a community gathering five miles southeast of Dodger Stadium in which all interviews but one were conducted in Spanish.
Its a great feeling seeing the smiles on the kids. Its just incredible, Gonzalez said. This is a time of happiness and joy and togetherness and just seeing that is great.
As a Univision cameraman held a microphone towards Gonzalez and a group of young girls waited to have their picture taken with him several feet away, others peered in from the outside of the glass-enclosed room, snapping their own photos and shooting video of the Dodger whose largesse has benefitted so many.
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