Gio Gonzalez sprints out his home run (Video)

Gio-Gonzalez-sprints-home-runWashington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez is currently tied for second in the National League with one home run. Gonzalez picked up a win against the New York Mets on Wednesday night, and he helped his own cause by belting a solo homer to deep left-center field in the fifth inning.

The ball bounced back into the ballpark, so Gonzalez wasn’t about to take any chances. He ran as fast as he could around the bases even after the umpire made the home run signal.

“The way I was running, I was like ‘I got a chance,’” he told reporters after the game, per Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. “I was about to slide home.”

One of the announcers gave Gonzalez credit for legging out the homer in case it went to replay and was overturned, but that reasoning doesn’t really make sense. The outfielder gave up because the ump made the home run signal. If it was reviewed and overturned, it would have been called a ground-rule double.

Still, watching Gio book it around the bases like that was worth the price of admission. I’m sure he’ll hear it from his teammates all year.

Gio Gonzalez caught a massive sailfish


Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez loves to fish. During an interview in January, he said one of his goals is to catch a big marlin and throw it back into the ocean. It took him less than a month to accomplish that feat.

Gonzalez went fishing with a group of friends over the weekend and reeled in a massive sailfish. Sailfish are from the same family as marlins, they just have a more distinguished dorsal fin and a larger bill than their relatives. He should consider that mission accomplished.

Gonzalez still has a long way to go if he wants to catch a fish as big as the one Mike Trout’s crew caught last winter, but it’s a start.

Photo via Instagram/Gio Gonzalez
H/T DC Sports Bog via SI Hot Clicks

Gio Gonzalez, Jayson Werth argue in dugout

Gio Gonzalez Jayson WerthWashington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez and right fielder Jayson Werth got into it with each other during the first inning of the team’s 4-2 win over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.

It’s unclear what they were upset over, but chances are Werth’s effort on Joaquin Arias’ double down the right field line might have bothered the pitcher. Werth had a hitch after going to field the ball by the wall and then made a weak throw into second, not even challenging Arias, who slid in easily with the double:

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Gio Gonzalez, Danny Valencia cleared in Biogenesis suspensions

Gio Gonzalez NatsWashington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez and Baltimore Orioles infielder Danny Valencia were the only players who were cleared by MLB despite appearing in Biogenesis’ records.

From the start, Gonzalez had a strong explanation for appearing in the records. According to the Miami New Times, Gonzalez’s name appeared in the charts five times. Gonzalez’s father’s name also appears in conjunction with the pitcher’s. Gonzalez’s father, Max, claims he went to Bosch for weight loss and that his son was never involved.

Here’s what the New Times said in their original article:

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Gio Gonzalez bought his family all luxury cars, his brother a new boat

Gio-Gonzalez-NationalsNationals 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.

Nationals players have shirts with pitching coach Steve McCatty posing for Playgirl on them (Picture)


Earlier this week, a rumor surfaced that Washington Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty posed for Playgirl magazine in 1984. The folks at Baseball Prospectus later confirmed the speculation by digging up this photo and introducing it to the internet. As you might expect, it has been open season on McCatty in the Nationals’ clubhouse ever since.

On Wednesday, Twitter user @JackoBeam shared a photo (via Sarah Kogod of DC Sports Bog) of Washington starter Gio Gonzalez rocking a T-shirt with McCatty’s now infamous picture on it. The Nats players had the T-shirts made in order to heckle their coach, and the team has been having a blast with it.

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Gio Gonzalez on pitching in cold weather: ‘I felt like I was making love to my hand’

Gio-Gonzalez-NationalsPitching in April can be a very difficult task for hurlers who play in colder climates. Going to a baseball game in Boston, New York or Washington, D.C. at the beginning of the season can be a very uncomfortable experience, and Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez got a taste of that on a chilly 45-degree Wednesday night against the Miami Marlins.

Gonzalez handled the conditions almost perfectly, tossing six innings of two-hit ball and allowing no earned runs. However, he wasn’t able to accomplish that without giving his hand plenty of TLC.

“It was definitely difficult, especially with this cold weather,” he told MASN’s Bob Carpenter after the game, via Sarah Kogod of DC Sports Bog. “It was tough to get a grip. I felt like I was making love to my hand. Just one of those things where I was constantly trying to find some grip, somehow, some way. The rosin bag, whatever, licking the fingers. But it felt good after that.”

Whatever it takes, right? Not only did the love making help Gonzalez on the mound, it also seemed to give him a boost at the plate. He cranked a home run to left in the fifth inning to give the Nationals their first run of the game.

Perhaps Gonzalez should make love to his hand on warm nights, too. His hand certainly seems to enjoy it.

H/T SI Hot Clicks