ANAHEIM, CA - Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez was asked multiple times, "how'd you get that glove?"
Gonzalez responded simply, "he gave it to me."
The he Gonzalez is referring to is the late Nick Adenhart, the former pitcher for the Angels who passed away in 2009.
Like anything ever given to anyone close to them, Gonzalez cherishes the glove. He keeps it with him. When he goes on the road, the glove does too.It was a gift from his friend.
A kid born in Guadalajara, Mexico, who grew up in Pacoima - Gonzalez - and the prodigy from Williamsport High School - Adenhart - met in Maryland as teammates in 2007 with the Arkansas Travelers, then the Angels AA affiliate.
The game brought them together, and like most kids their age, they enjoyed the same things.
"We were great friends," Gonzalez said. "I'd go to his house. He'd go to mine. (We'd go to) barbecues, go out and have fun like every youngster does. I had good times with him. I...