Gio Gonzalez thriving in D.C.

With a blazing fastball and knee-buckling curve, Nats lefty has swing-and-miss stuff

Originally Published: May 27, 2012
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

In addition to throwing a mid-90s fastball and one of baseball's most overwhelming curves, Gio Gonzalez is a conversationalist extraordinaire. During a typical day at the ballpark, he'll chat up teammates, reporters, umpires, autograph seekers, vendors, bat boys and the stray Gatorade bucket.

When Gonzalez is alone on the mound and in need of inspiration, the dialogue turns inward. He learned the value of the self-directed pep talk from Dallas Braden, a fellow left-hander who served ...

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