The Los Angeles Dodgers usually stay at the Trump International Hotel and Tower during their stays in Chicago, but they found other lodging for this year’s National League Championship series against the Cubs. It isn’t because of political reasons: The hotel required a non-refundable deposit to hold a block of rooms, and the Dodgers weren’t sure if they would even need them until their Game 5 win over the Washington Nationals on Friday.
They did stay at the Trump hotel for their regular season series against the Cubs in May, however. Everyone except first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. According to JP Hoornstra of the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Gonzalez asked the team’s staff to find him a different hotel.
“I didn’t stay there,” Gonzalez said. “I had my reasons.”
Gonzalez was born in San Diego but his parents are both from Mexico, and he moved to Tijuana as a youngster so his father could concentrate on the air-conditioning business he owned there. He has embraced both of his cultural identities, playing for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic but also acting as one of the Dodgers biggest ambassadors in Southern California.
“I’m Mexican and I’m American,” he told the Los Angeles Times in 2013.
And so Gonzalez probably doesn’t think too highly of Trump’s presidential candidacy, in which he has pledged to build a wall along the border and make Mexico pay for it. Or when he suggested that Mexican immigrants were bringing drugs and crime across the border, that “they’re rapists.”
Still, Gonzalez didn’t have much to say about his alternate lodging during the Dodgers’ road trip to Chicago earlier this year.
“We’re here to play baseball not talk politics,” he told Hoornstra.