Features: The Gio Way

The Nationals’ star pitcher is having a blast on and off the mound. 

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(Photo courtesy Washington Nationals)

“I’t’s just a game after all. It should be fun,” says . (Photo courtesy Washington Nationals)

Gio Gonzalez doesn’t know how to not have fun playing the game of baseball- and he wouldn’t have it any other way. The left-handed hurler graces our cover this month after just returning to the starting lineup from his first stint on the disabled list in his seven-year career. We sat down to get to know the 28-year-old Cuban American pitcher for the Washington Nationals a little bit better, and he spoke movingly about owing much of his success to his father, the man who taught him his killer curveball and the career he would like to pursue when he can no longer deliver a 95-mph fastball. We’ll give you a hint: his French Bulldog is named Stitch after the Disney movie Lilo & Stitch. 

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