At 28, two-time MLB all-star Gio Gonzalez has already proven himself one of the top left-handed pitchers in the league, having been instrumental in bringing the Washington Nationals to the playoffs in 2012 (for the first time since '33). But his interests extend far beyond the stadium; he's a dedicated philanthropist and founder of the GIO Foundation (Giving Individuals Opportunities) — which provides medical assistance to families in need — rocks enough style to be featured in the glossy pages of GQ and the like, and even finds enough free time to brush up on his so-called guilty pleasures: drawing and comic books. As spring training revs up, we caught up with him to find out what else keeps him going off the mound.
GEAR: NikeAir Jordan's 11 1995 (white/black/concord) - $395+ Sneakerheads and casual wearers alike can get behind these iconic (and supremely comfortable) kicks. This particular style made its debut when MJ was actually trying to make it in the minor baseball leagues, but eventually ended up on his feet when he made his (well-advised) NBA comeback. Gonzalez: Stylish, can throw them on with a pair of jeans for a laid-back weekend. Comfort and style — no compromises!
TECH:BoseQuiet Comfort 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones - $350 A frequent flyer's best friend, these cushy over-ear guys block out screaming babies, snoring seatmates, and every other nerve-rattling distraction so you can listen in peace while catching up on that This American Life backlog. Gonzalez - For when I want to tune out all the excess noise. I can appreciate some alone time on occasion.
RIDES: MercedesGLK Class (black) - $37,000+ Perhaps not the sort of sexy speedster you'd expect an MLB all-star to opt for, but this V-6 rig is a practical choice for a dude who's got to lug around a bunch of gear all the time. Running late to practice? It'll get you there right quick. Gonzalez - I would love to push this ride! Just the right combination of practicality and sexy. It just may be my next purchase.
HOME:SonyPlayStation 4 - $400 Arguably the greatest gaming console on the market today, this machine gives you the power to entertain yourself in myriad ways, whether its wiling out on Assasin's Creed IV or binging on the second season of House of Cards. Gonzalez - I am a true gamer! When I have some free time, I can play on this thing for hours. There is no one that can beat me at Call of Duty: Ghosts.
VICE: AppleiPhone 5S - $199+ The latest mini-screen from Apple to have us hypnotized, it's easy to feel naked without this biometric-sensored beast at the ready in your palm or pocket. Gonzalez - I'm always on it — apps, text, Twitter, Instagram! I like to stay connected!
Joe McGauley is a senior editor for Supercompressor where he heads up Home coverage and red hair-having.