If there is ever a player that has All Star qualities and makes every game like he is putting on a show, it is Carlos Gonzalez. He is the biggest light of encouragement for the Rockies, and the fans got to hear it when he was on his own radio show on 102.3 ESPN. In the midst of several rumors about the possibility of trading him to a bigger market, Carlos gave the fans the most gratifying words when he said, “I want to be a Rockie for life.” These are the words any organization and fans want to hear from their biggest star.
He is humble about his talent, but is confident in what type of player he is. He is good, and he knows it. He is also not afraid to address the way he plays in the same honest manner he always does. CarGo simply stated, “Nobody is perfect,” he hears the criticism about his fielding, but he does not let it affect him as a player. However, he knows there is always room for improvement. “When I play, I try to be more calm and relaxed and sometimes it looks like I’m not trying that hard, but I really am”, Gonzalez said.
This season is different for CarGo, he knows that if he wants to remain healthy and wants to play as many games as possibly he needs to be careful in the outfield. He still plays with the same amount of heart, but he is not risking another meeting with the outfield walls.
CarGo’s personality had fans smiling and laughing during his radio show. With his honest answers, he made sure not to give a dull moment with his stories from his little league days and what ballparks he likes. Before his days as a left fielder at Coors Field, CarGo says that he did not want to play in left field. “I used to throw my glove on the ground, sit down, and cry because nobody would hit it to me and I wanted to be involved.”
Things have definitely changed for the gold glove outfielder. When Gonzalez was asked about the stadium he likes to play the most (Coors Field, of course) and least, his answer was both hilarious and telling. “I hate playing in San Francisco,” Gonzalez said. “It’s so cold everyday, fans are mean. I mean, I think they have computers in the outfield and they Google your mom’s name,” which made the fan audience gathered near the ESPN makeshift studio erupt in laughter. In contrast with Giants fans, Gonzalez says he loves to be surrounded by the Rockies faithful. His candid response sounded more than a simple PR lip service. “We want to give them a good game, we do this all for them,” Gonzalez said. Gonzalez shared how the difference the fans at Coors Field make for the team and their energy, and praises them at every chance he gets.
CarGo is currently at 11th place on the All-Star Game voting for NL outfielders, and there’s little time left for fans to make a difference. He has already spoken with an amazing performance during the season’s first half. It’s time for baseball fans (not just those in the Colorado area) to reciprocate.
Brittany is a guest RWO writer, prolific tweeter (@brgutierrez5) as well as CarGo’s personal crusader in getting him an All Star Start.
Let’s bring our full force for the last few hours of voting. It is EXTREMELY easy to vote multiple times. While it wont move him into third place from 11th, it could influence the players to vote him in.
Besides the ASG voting another way to be heard is through the Home Run Derby Fan Poll! While we can’t actually choose who participates, if we get enough write-in votes for CarGo it might influence Kemp to choose him. Then again, Kemp should have no doubts that having CarGo on his team will be almost a sure lock for the NL…
- HOME RUN DERBY FAN POLL (need to write his name in)