Most pitchers exhibit a wary monasticism on the days they pitch, shunning teammates and retreating into themselves. Not Gonzalez. Gio doesn't want to stress anybody out because that tension might rub off on him. "I try to play my music real loud," he says. "Just put some Motown on, just keep it real loose, kind of get everyone loose in the clubhouse, just very talkative."
Gio Gonzalez #47 of the Washington Nationals looks on against the New York Mets at Citi Field on June 30, 2013 in New York City.
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