Gio Gonzalez humbly Instagramed a picture this evening of a document from the mayor of Hialeah in which the city’s mayor, Carlos Hernandez, declared that January 8 be named “Gio Gonzalez Day,” in honor of the Nationals left hander. Gonzalez is originally from Hialeah, and attended Hialeah Senior High School before getting drafted by the White Sox in 2004.
In his first season as a member of the Nationals, Gonzalez posted a 2.89 ERA while leading the National League in wins (21). The left-hander placed third in NL CY Young voting, 20th in MVP voting, and was elected to his second consecutive All-Star Game. Walks were the biggest concern for Gonzalez coming into the 2012 season, but the change of scenery and help of Nationals pitching coach Randy Knorr helped Gio turn in his lowest walk total in three seasons (76). Gonzalez also posted his highest strikeout rate of his career, striking out an average of 9.3 batters per nine innings.
A nice chap like Gio deserves a holiday named after him. A smile that large and a personality that vibrant deserve some recognition from his peers. Good for him!