The minute Gio Gonzalez's left foot hit the dirt on his way out of the dugout for the ninth inning Friday night, the cheers began. They cascaded down on him. Nearly 30,000 people on their feet at Nationals Park chanting his name.
Most of Gio Gonzalez's spring training rental apartment is bare. It's not surprising. It's been mere hours since he moved into it, ditching the hotel room he'd holed up in for the first two weeks of the Washington Nationals' workouts in February.