Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez didn’t want to make a big deal out of it. He didn’t stand outside Donald Trump‘s Chicago hotel with a picket sign. Gonzalez instead did what Americans who don’t have a giant media platform do — he made a dignified personal decision, quietly on his own, and stuck with it. On a trip to play the Cubs in May, Gonzalez asked that the Dodgers make other arrangements for his accommodations because he did not want to stay at the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago, where Dodgers usually stay.
Gonzalez admitted recently when asked that he “didn’t stay there” saying “I had my reasons.” He did not elaborate, and warded off further questions saying the team was “here to play baseball, not talk politics.” Gonzalez’ refusal to contribute money, even indirectly, to a Trump business reflects a trend around the country as the presidential candidate has made him enemies he didn’t have as a businessman. Gonzalez was born in San Diego but grew up in Mexico, a country Trump has insulted while playing to his base. Gonzalez is focused on his day job: