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#pounditFriday, October 15, 2021

Gio Gonzalez helps high schooler ask girl to the prom


Georgetown Prep high school senior Nick Rolle’s list of potential prom dates consisted of one name — his girlfriend Lauren Thomas. But apparently having a girlfriend doesn’t mean you can slack on extending an invite to the big dance, because Rolle went all out.

Rolle is fortunately enough to have a connection to the Washington Nationals. His grandfather is MASN studio host Johnny Holliday. When Rolle asked Holliday if he thought a Nationals player would be interested in helping him ask Thomas to the prom, Holliday helped him come up with a plan.

“It’s interesting to see how things have evolved,” Rolle told Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Bog earlier this week. “This day and age it’s kind of important how you ask. It’s almost as important as the actual night, especially if you have a girlfriend.”

Holliday arranged for Rolle and Thomas to be given field passes for the April 21 game against the Los Angeles Angels. They were watching batting practice from the home plate area when Gio Gonzalez came over to introduce himself. Gonzalez handed Thomas the baseball you see above.

“She smiled and was just really, really surprised,” Rolle said. “She said yes, and Gio hung around and joked with us for a few minutes. It was perfect; he was so down to Earth. He could’ve just given us the ball and walked away, but he spent some time with us.”

We knew Gio was a generous guy based on all the gifts he bought for his family. Kudos to him for taking part in the plan, and big ups to Rolle for going through the effort. Just think of what the marriage proposal will be like.


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