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Giants’ Luis Gonzalez mistaken for D-backs legend’s son while growing up

Jun 10, 2022, 10:38 AM
Luis Gonzalez #51 of the San Francisco Giants hits an rbi single scoring Brandon Crawford #35 again...
Luis Gonzalez #51 of the San Francisco Giants hits an rbi single scoring Brandon Crawford #35 against the Colorado Rockies in the bottom of the eighth inning at Oracle Park on May 09, 2022 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Luis Gonzalez, a rookie outfielder with the San Francisco Giants, heard the same question over and over while growing up in Arizona: “Are you the son of Diamondbacks World Series hero Luis Gonzalez?”

Gonzalez was born in Mexico but moved to Tucson as a child and attended Catalina Foothills High School.

When he moved, the local MLB team’s star player shared his name, as Gonzalez the D-back played for Arizona from 1999-2006.

“Growing up in Tucson, Arizona, and having the name and just playing ball, everyone thought I was his son,” Gonzalez explained to MLB Network’s Matt Vasgersian this week.

The two ball players have no relation, but Gonzalez found a way to have fun with the questions. He started replying that he was, indeed, the son of Luis Gonzalez.

“I got it so much I was like, ‘You know what, that is my father.'”

He did not lie, though. His father’s name is also Luis.

The 26-year-old is a left-handed hitting outfielder, like the Gonzalez whose No. 20 sits above Chase Field.

Gonzalez performed like an All-Star in May, batting .368 in 23 games to win National League Rookie of the Month.

His Giants will take on the D-backs in a three-game starting July 4.

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