July 5, 2000
There are some guys in baseball that you just have to admire and root for. Luis Gonzalez is one of those guys. Gonzo is one of those players who knows how luck he is to be playing Major League Baseball. He knows that his time is the spotlight is short and that he should appreciate every moment he has there. He is also aware that the fans are the most important part of baseball. If it were not for the fans spending their hard earned money, he would not be playing professional baseball or doing what he loves. This is one of the reasons that Luis has endured himself to the fans of the Diamondbacks. That’s why when he was in the midst of his 30 game hitting streak that the fans were behind him cheering his every at bat. It is also the reason that thousands of fans in Arizona and around the country took it upon themselves to stage a write-in campaign for him to make the all-star team after he was left off the ballot. So tonight, when he came up in the ninth inning after already hitting a double, a single, and a triple that we all cheered him on hoping he would hit a home run. Gonzo never wanting to disappoint the fans drove a ball deep to right field for a solo home run and a place in the Arizona Diamondbacks history book as the first player in franchise history to hit for the cycle. My hat goes off to him and I congratulate him for a job well done. I am also grateful for the way that he carries himself and how he treats the fans, especially the children who look up to him as a role model for a solid citizen. So rarely do you see a man devoted to his work and to his family that is willing to give so much back to the community. Way to go Gonzo!