Gio Gonzalez bought his family all luxury cars, his brother a new boat
Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez signed a hefty contract extension over the winter that will keep him in Washington through at least 2016. The deal is reportedly worth $42 million and could be worth as much as $65 million if the Nationals exercise their team options in 2016 and 2017. The contract certainly gives the 27-year-old financial security, and it sounds like his family is reaping the benefits.
Before a recent game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki took the mic for MASN and interviewed Gonzalez and D-Backs pitcher Trevor Cahill (the three were once teammates in Oakland). Suzuki asked Cahill and Gonzalez what they bought after signing their recent extensions, and Gonzalez was not shy about providing detail. Via Sarah Kogod of DC Sports Bog:
“I’m already broke,” Gonzalez joked. “I got a couple toys for my brother, a couple of toys for my mom. … Well, first I bought myself a nice house. I moved out of Hialeah, live in Broward now. I bought me, also, a nice little car. A Lamborghini. And then I bought my brother one, a Lamborghini. I bought my mom a Rolls Royce. I bought my brother a boat, and I bought my dad a Bentley.
Depending on the model of each of the aforementioned luxury vehicles, that’s got to be somewhere in the ballpark of $2 million worth of gifts. Given that he seems to be such a generous guy, I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s the one who paid for these hilarious shirts to rip on pitching coach Steve McCatty. Gonzalez certainly seems to know how to have a good time.