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Gio Gonzalez: “I felt like I was making love to my hand”

Apr 4, 2013, 8:22 AM EDT

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Bob Carpenter asked Gio Gonzalez about how he pitched in the cold weather yesterday. This is what Gio Gonzalez said:

“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, somehow, some way. The rosin bag, whatever, licking the fingers. But it felt good after that.”

  1. stex52 - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    I will now work to banish that mental picture from my mind as quickly as possible.

    Otherwise, good game, Gio.

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:57 AM

      don’t you love athletes………………….

      • cur68 - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:32 AM

        Not as much as they love themselves, apparently….jeez.

    • mrdry14 - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:40 PM

      I’d do that hand!

  2. nolanwiffle - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    I think he might be doing it wrong.

  3. mybrunoblog - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    Have the manager tell him that it’s ok. It’s normal and everybody does it. And no, he won’t go blind.

    • anxovies - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      But is the hairy palm going to affect the grip on his curve ball?

  4. townballblog - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    HOW IS THAT NOT THE QUOTE OF THE DAY?

    • shawnuel - Apr 4, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      Possibly YEAR

  5. davem23 - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    When he said that I burst out with a loud “What?”, I am just glad I didn’t wake the kids. You can hear F.P. chuckle real quick before he hit the cough button. You gotta give Bob credit he didn’t miss a step and kept on with the interview.

    On a different note which pitcher will give up the first run of the season? My guess Dan Haren. Zimmermann, Clippard, and Soriano tonight looks to be another shut out.

    • spudchukar - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:38 AM

      Perhaps a more poignant question might be who won’t shut out the Marlins first.

    • natstowngreg - Apr 4, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      Considering Haren will be facing the Reds, in their bandbox, that’s not a bad guess.

  6. indaburg - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Nice simile. A poet is what this kid is.

    • stex52 - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:21 AM

      There is a very useful service you provide for us, Inda. I don’t notice how these guys look. Now I can say to my wife, “but look how cute he is.”

      • indaburg - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:08 PM

        I appreciate the game on multiple levels. ;-)

      • indaburg - Apr 4, 2013 at 4:38 PM

        Stex, it just hit me. You thought I was referring to his smile. I was referring to his simile, his analogy comparing the gripping of a baseball to some self-loving. But yes, he does have a nice smile too. :-)

  7. darthicarus - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    First Bedard’s comments & now Gio. What in the world is going on with MLB pitchers…they need to get laid or something.

    • unclemosesgreen - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:47 AM

      It’s that last, tragic rite of spring. One last fling with a Florida or Arizona hoochie, then it’s back to games that count, back to dry-humping, back to self-love. Ahhh, Rose darling.

    • zzalapski - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:44 AM

      Maybe Annie Savoy doesn’t go to the PCL.

  8. tfbuckfutter - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    I understand exactly what he means.

    I feel like that sometimes on cold mornings when my wife goes to work before I do.

  9. chill1184 - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Two epic quotes in the first three days of the season. I love baseball

  10. mattjg - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    My friends were less than impressed when as I teenager I told them that I made love to my hand and hit a home run.

  11. Kevin S. - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Too bad David Cone wasn’t doing the interview.

  12. bravojawja - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    The real question is how hairy palms affect the way a ball reacts on the way to the plate. Is it like a vaseline ball? Will pitchers now be required to shave their palms before pitching?

  13. b453841l - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Gio Gonzalez loves to give himself “the stranger.”

  14. mungman69 - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    MAYBE THE QUOTE OF THE SEASON.

  15. number42is1 - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    In front of all those kids watching? he should be banned for life

    • natslady - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:20 AM

      Kids old enough to stay up for a postgame interview on a school night are, trust me, not learning anything from Gio on this.

  16. someguyinva - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Does the fact that he could only go six innings indicate he may have a problem? Should he be thinking about baseball statistics or something in the hopes of going nine?

    • natslady - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:51 AM

      LOL. Yeah, Davey and his quick hook, messin’ with the pitchers’ stats….

    • natstowngreg - Apr 4, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      91 pitches on a cold night. Seems about right. Not as though the bullpen is overworked.

    • bellweather22 - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      Did he say oops and apologize for coming out too soon?

  17. savvybynature - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    We’ve all been there.

  18. hotkarlsandwich - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Quit jackin’ around, Gio, and pitch!

  19. hotkarlsandwich - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    He didn’t want to give up any dongs.

  20. Old Gator - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    One of these nights, he’s gonna fall asleep face down and wake up stuck to his balls.

  21. southcapitolstreet - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    I’m totally going to incorporate the rosin bag into my lovemaking now. Thanks, Gio!

  22. spudchukar - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    “Rosy”, might be an apt new nickname for Gonzalez.

  23. edelmanfanclub - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Your B&B reference just made you my favorite writer on HBT

  24. elmo - Apr 4, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    At least he didn’t describe how he likes to choke up on the bat.

  25. thomas844 - Apr 4, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    This may be in 2013 what “Clown question, bro” was last year.

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