I am just going to get right into it; I loved Juan “Going Going” Gonzalez, one for his buff swag that was just unmatched and two, for the absolute rockets he launched all over major league stadiums. He had a such a smooth swing and a signature stance, and literally would hit balls that could go through walls if they weren't destined to go over them.
From 1991-1999, Juan Gone averaged 37 homeruns and 117 RBIs per season, making him one of the greatest power hitters of the 90s. In that span he rattled off two MVPS (1996,1998) all before the age of 30. In 1996, Gonzalez hit a cool .314 with 47 taters and 144 RBIs. In 1997 he hit a pedestrian .296 with 131 RBIs and a dismal 42 homeruns, finishing 9th in the MVP race. Those stats were only good for 9th….let it soak in. Motivated by his lackluster 1997 season, Juan Gone powered back up and smashed 45 dongs, while driving in 157 RBIs while stroking a .318 BA en-route to his second MVP. Gonzalez, who eventually would be undone by a string of nagging injuries, would compile a lifetime average of .295 and 434 homeruns, while massing his 2x MVPS and 6 Silver Slugger Awards.
Ball don’t lie, Juan Gonzalez was BIG TIME in the 90s. When he beat Griffey in the 1993 Home run Derby, that will forever be one of my favorite derby’s as he and Griff just murdered baseballs all over the field. Fun fact is that was Gonzalez's first and only career Home Run Derby. Yah side note, Canseco went after him for “alleged” steroid use, but where’s the proof? Exactly there is none. End of story.
During his life Juan Gonzalez was married four times, and was rumored to be an absolute savage with the ladies off the field. In total speculation I have to assume that he put back some serious numbers, and in further speculation I believe that he was hung like an absolute stallion. Juan Gone with the gold chain and the magnificent hair had to have been so unfair, like pitching to a healthy Lou Gehrig. Dude must have just had an easy button with the floozies, I mean just peep the lettuce.
What’s even crazier is that Juan Gonzalez came up with Sammy Sosa in the minors with the Rangers, before the Rangers decided to trade away Sosa, however could you imagine those two hitting together along with Ivan Rodriguez and Raffy?
Overall Juan Gone is just another legend of the game who dominated the 90s on and off the field, and on a side note has had a very charitable and positive influence on his homeland, Puerto Rico which rightfully so he has a lot of passion and pride for. A true good guy, it was noted that Gonzalez would take the time and visit wounded soldiers from Iraq at Walter Reed, something that that hits the heart very deeply. I enjoyed every second of Gonzalez’s career as he truly was one of the most explosive players in the history of the game.