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Gonzalez Makes His Return To Houston

Afte signing with the Twins in February Marwin Gonzalez faces the Astros Monday

April 22, 2019 - 6:20 pm

By Adam Spolane (@AdamSpolane)

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- After making the familiar drive Monday from his home in Houston to Minute Maid Park, Marwin Gonzalez was preparing to take an unfamilar walk to the visitor's clubhouse for the first time, only, he couldn't find it.

"I got to the Diamond Club and I was going to go straight to the elevators," Gonzalez said to reporters outside the dugout opposite of the one he spent seven seasons in. "I didn't know I have to go right."

Gonzalez spoke wearing his Minnesota Twins batting practice cap after signing a two year, $21 million contract with them February 25. He emerged from the Twins clubhouse, after he found it, at about 4:30, at which point many of his old teammates came over to say hello. 

"I love them," Gonzalez said of the guys he used to play with. "It feels good (to see them). We have been talking, we haven't lost that, we've been talking pretty much every day. I wanted to see their faces though."

Gonzalez is batting .204 with a home run and four RBI in 16 games with the Twins entering Monday's game at Minute Maid Park. He said he didn't think he was ever close to re-signing with the Astros during the offseason, but believed he would remain with the team after the American League Championship Series ended. 

"I thought there was a good chance I was going to be back. It's no secret how free agency is right now, it's kind of tough, but it wasn't possible."

Despite the disappointment of leaving the Astros, Gonzalez still has many fond memories of the team that gave him his first shot in the big leagues, but as you would expect, one memory stands out. 

"I remember the last out of the World Series. That's every kids dream, to win a World Series."

Gonzalez said he spent Sunday night with Jose Altuve, whose care he drove to Minute Maid Monday. Astros President of Business Operations Reid Ryan announced Monday the team will play a tribute video before the game.