Gonzalez reflects on inspired first start

Gonzalez reflects on inspired first start

Gonzalez reflects on inspired first start
ANAHEIM -- Miguel Gonzalez admitted Saturday afternoon that the previous night's events hadn't quite sunk in, and that was perfectly fine for the right-hander, who got the win in his first Major League start following seven inning of one-run baseball.

"Yesterday was a big day," said Gonzalez, who had around 200 family members and friends in attendance at Angel Stadium and got about 50 text messages and 50 phone calls on top of that.

Gonzalez said he watched parts of the replay on television, and admitted it felt like vindication after a long road to the show that included knee surgery, Tommy John surgery and being released by the Red Sox this winter. Asked whether he would continue to use the same glove from his starting debut, which was gifted to him by late Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart, Gonzalez didn't rule it out, but said he would like to save the glove for special occasions.

"I'd like to have with me, just to take care of it," he said of the glove, which Adenhart gave him in 2007. "Obviously if I keep using it, it might break and I won't be able to maybe frame it one day. But definitely, I'll be taking it on the road, and it will be with me every time, like it's been ever since he gave it to me."

Gonzalez, who was called on to make the start after being in the Orioles' bullpen, is slated to pitch the team's fourth game after the second half. Jason Hammel, Wei-Yin Chen and Chris Tillman will pitch the first series.