Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez had a fantastic season against Miami debut on Wednesday. While allowing two hits over six innings of scoreless ball, striking out five and walking two, Gonzalez also added a home run himself in the 3-0 win over the Marlins. Although he had a great game, it was what he said after the game that is the reason for this post.
After the game, Gonzalez spoke with Nationals broadcaster Bob Carpenter regarding his outing. It was what Gonzalez said that made everything go from awesome to awkward.
Carpenter: "How were you feeling with the hook on a night when it's tough to have a touch pitch like that?"
Gio: "It was definitely difficult, especially with this cold weather. It was tough to get a grip. I felt like I was making love to my hand. Just one of those things where I was constantly trying to find some grip some how, some way — the rosin bag, whatever, licking the fingers, but it felt good after that."
I would be a little cautious if I were making any sort of physical contact with Gonzalez, but that's just me. The part that makes this even funnier is that Nationals Park simulcast the interview over the ballpark loudspeakers, allowing fans (those who stuck around) to hear how Gio and his "mate" conspire.
What's even funnier is that neither of the Nats broadcasters caught the comment. It would have been funny if either responded, but then again maybe it's a good thing that they didn't.
Gio Gonzalez is scheduled to pitch against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday. Until then, we should give him and his left hand some alone time. Hey - maybe we can all pitch in and get them a room.
Erik Seybold is The Senior Bloglord of Journalistic Activities at Philliedelphia. Follow him on Twitter.