SCOTTSDALE – An orange glow can be seen during this summer night at Scottsdale Stadium. It comes not from the setting sun, but from the Arizona League Giants jersey worn by Jacob Gonzalez.
The humble son of Diamondbacks World Series hero Luis Gonzalez is tearing up Major League Baseball’s low-key summer league as he follows in his father’s footsteps of chasing a career in America’s pastime.
Like father, like son.
Gonzalez was drafted in the second round of this year’s MLB draft by the San Francisco Giants and began his path in the minor leagues by playing summer ball in the Valley.
The Arizona League is already halfway through its short season, and Gonzalez is second on the team and tied for fifth in the league with a .346 batting average.
His father envisioned him getting to this point and beyond someday.
“He’s grown up in a big league locker room his whole life,” said Gonzalez, who is well-known in Arizona for his 2001 World Series heroics with the Diamondbacks. “Just at an early age he has always wanted to come to the ballpark. Be around the players. Be in the locker room.”
Jacob, 19, has played baseball since an early age and often traveled with his father during his career. He was lucky enough to secure an all-inclusive front row view of the life of a pro player, which in turn fueled his passion for the game. Although Luis, nicknamed Gonzo, was an accomplished major leaguer, Jacob said he never felt compelled to play the sport.
“He never forced it on me, but I’d go out there and we’d play around in the outfield at all of the major league stadiums,” Jacob said. “He’d let me hit in the outfield and everything and hang…
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