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Gio Gonzalez helped a kid ask his girlfriend to prom

May 1, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

Fun little anecdote from Scott Allen of the Washington Post, who tells the story of how Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez helped a high school senior ask his girlfriend to prom.

Nick Rolle asked his grandfather, who happens to be MASN studio host Johnny Holliday, if a Nationals player might be nice enough to help him make the prom thing a little more special and Gonzalez obliged, so the couple got field passes for a game last week and Gonzalez came over with a signed baseball that looked like this:


She said yes, the happy couple hung out with Gonzalez for a while on the field, and they had a good time at prom over the weekend.

Say it with me now, everyone: Awwwwwww.

  1. aresachaela - May 1, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    :-) .

    • renaado - May 1, 2014 at 11:00 AM

      Haha.. I can relate to that though 😉.

      • aresachaela - May 1, 2014 at 11:10 AM

        Yeah, I really missed our high school days.

  2. byjiminy - May 1, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Awww! Gee! Oh!

  3. DelawarePhilliesFan - May 1, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    This has great potential for @OldHossRadbourn – talking about hoe the MLB gents in his day asked the ladies to a cotillion

    • Kevin S. - May 1, 2014 at 11:19 AM

      Nah, more like a box social.

  4. thedoubleentandres - May 1, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    I tried to get a Motley Crue member to do the same thing for me but they must have made a mistake because they took her backstage and left me standing outside. I’ll bet they were kicking themselves when they realised

  5. okwhitefalcon - May 1, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Sheesh, I remember when “prom” was “the prom”.

  6. Old Gator - May 1, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    I have this vision of Peter Graves and Kareem Jabbar smiling blissfully in the cockpit while the nun sings to the sick little girl in Airplane.

  7. thedudabides - May 1, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    Why would you have to ask your GF to prom? Isn’t it a given if you’re someone’s GF you go to prom with them?

    • nobody78 - May 1, 2014 at 1:01 PM

      Yeah. Wouldn’t Gonzalez’s efforts have been put to better use helping out some sad sack who doesn’t have anyone?

      • Old Gator - May 1, 2014 at 1:07 PM

        You mean like that poor schlub who got suspended for asking Miss American to his prom?

    • Old Gator - May 1, 2014 at 1:07 PM

      At least as expected as that she’d be prepared to lose her virginity that night too. Some traditions, you just have to respect, you know?

      • clemente2 - May 1, 2014 at 1:50 PM

        Gator, Gator, showing your age—that’s a right of passage in junior high school now, by average, anyway.

      • clemente2 - May 1, 2014 at 1:51 PM

        “rite”; too much constitutional law thinking lately.

      • clemente2 - May 1, 2014 at 1:54 PM

        Well, now that I consider it, maybe not a bad entendre. Or it might be an expression of solidarity with the womyns.

        This is starting to get complicated.

      • clemente2 - May 1, 2014 at 1:55 PM

        Is it a matter of concern when you have multiple entry conversations with yourself?

      • Old Gator - May 1, 2014 at 5:24 PM

        Perhaps a little, but not nearly as much as when you eat the eyes out of chocolate bunnies, arrange them in a circle around yourself and scream “Stop staring at me!” at them.

      • clemente2 - May 1, 2014 at 5:40 PM

        Hmmm, have to watch that, too?

  8. greej1938l - May 1, 2014 at 4:20 PM


  9. natstowngreg - May 1, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    On a side note, Johnny Holliday was just inducted into the Washington Sports Hall of Fame. For his lengthy broadcasting career, including long service broadcasting U. of Maryland sporting events.

    Obviously, being a mere fan, I don’t actually know Gio. But he strikes me as being a definite “want to have a beer with” type. So, what he did doesn’t really surprise all that much.

  10. zdravit - May 3, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Did he steal his girl?

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