Gio Gonzalez has been 100 percent as good as the Nationals could have hoped on the mound. He’s also hitting a little bit; on Saturday he engineered a brilliant 10-pitch at-bat, and then doubled into the gap.
Happily, this meant he again had to run the bases. When Gonzalez ran the bases at the home opener, there were many smiles. On Saturday, there were many smiles again. Sunday, too.
“Gio Gonzalez went to nearly every guy in the clubhouse showing them a replay of his atrocious slide yesterday,” Dan Kolko tweeted before the series finale. “That guy is something else.”
The video of Gonzalez’s crash landing into third is above. See screenshots below.
As you can see, this things sort of looked ok at the start of the slide. Or a reasonable imitation of ok, anyhow.
Somehow, though, momentum took over, and Gonzalez’s body crumpled and flipped.
This is not the commonly recognized finishing position for a Major League slide.
And a hug.
And a laughing hug.
And a joke.
And a tongue.