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Happy 16th Birthday, Here’s $3 Million

Pedro Gonzalez
b. October 27, 1997, in Santo Domingo
Signed on July 2 with the Colorado Rockies for $1.3 million, plus $100,000 in college-scholarship money.

When did you first think you might be able to play in the major leagues?
I started playing baseball when I was 4, and I had coaches tell me.

Have you ever been to the United States?
Since I was 11, I’ve been traveling to play—to Chicago, Baltimore, Minneapolis, Arlington.

Did you have a favorite?

Huge buildings.

Who are your favorite players?
A-Rod, Jeter.

What did you think about the controversy around A-Rod?
I took him out of my list of my favorite players because of that. People ask you, “Who is your favorite player?” Now it’s hard to say A-Rod with the steroids and stuff. He’s still a good person, though.