Friday, January 23, 2015
#362 Luis Gonzalez
About the Back: Gonzo's 24-homer effort at Columbus in 1990 shows that he always had power potential, but if you predicted he'd hit 57 four-baggers in 2001, you might have been on crazy pills.
1. Luis was a high school teammate of future Yankee slugger Tino Martinez at Jefferson High in Tampa, FL.
2. On July 5, 2000, he became the first Arizona Diamondbacks player to hit for the cycle, boosting the Snakes in a wild 12-9 win at Houston.
3. Of course, his most famous hit delivered the walkoff win for Arizona in Game Seven of the 2001 World Series, and he hit that single up the middle against Mariano Rivera, who was quite good at baseball in his own right.
11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I always thought Gonzalez was a bit strange looking, with his narrow face, long nose, beady eyes, and everpresent toothy grin. He grew into his looks a bit as he aged, though.
Bill James Said: "He's a lefthanded hitter with a good, level stroke who makes contact, doesn't chase pitches over his head or a foot outside, doesn't bail out against lefties, runs well and hits the ball hard."
On This Date in 1993: January 23. At the 50th Annual Golden Globe Awards, Scent of a Woman wins for Best Film (Drama).