Meet Colorado Rockies star left fielder Carlos Gonzalez.
His breakout year was 2010 when he finished third in the National League MVP voting and won a Gold Glove and the Silver Slugger award.
That year, he led the NL with a .336 batting average and belted 34 homers and drove in 117 runs.
He was named to the All-Star team last year and has won two Gold Gloves.
The left-handed power hitter from Venezuela was batting .297 with a .365 on-base percentage and .605 slugging percentage entering Friday. He also was leading the NL with 21 homers and 62 runs.
Gonzalez recently went one-on-one with Eagle-Tribune baseball reporter Christopher “Smitty” Smith.
Smitty: I’ve heard your favorite player growing up was Ken Griffey Jr.
Gonzalez: Just growing up watching Griffey when he was with the Mariners, he was amazing. He was a fun guy to watch. And I remember growing up in Venezuela, how the time is so different. In Seattle, it’s three hours different. So I used to tell my mom before I go to bed, “Every time that Griffey steps on the plate just make sure you wake me up because I want to see every at-bat.”
And I had the opportunity to meet him in 2008 when he was playing for Chicago. And then last year, we have a Nike trip and I spent a lot of time with him playing golf.
Smitty: What do you talk about?
Gonzalez: Griffey is one of those guys that everything that he did was pretty much natural. He didn’t work out. He didn’t lift a lot or (watch) video or anything. He just stepped on the plate and did it all natural. For me, I kind of try to do the same way. I’m not a big video guy. I’m not a big lifting guy. So I just go out there and have fun like I always do it when I was a kid.