Sports Legends

Pro baseball players sit down for interview with 7-year-old.

Hi, I’m Nicholas, your monthly Epic Kids columnist. I’m a third-grade CEO and this month I’m writing about my brother’s experience interviewing Hall of Fame Arizona Diamondback legends Randy Johnson and Luis Gonzalez (“Gonzo”).

My 7-year-old brother is sports obsessed and got the chance to attend the opening of the new Cold Beers and Cheeseburgers restaurant at Chase Field. The restaurant overlooks the baseball field and it’s super cool. At the opening, Zachary (who we call Zaza) chatted with Randy Johnson. Randy played for the D-Backs when they won the World Series as a left-handed pitcher known as “The Big Unit.” They call him that because he’s 6’10” and held the title of tallest player in major league history for much of his career! He shared tips with Zaza for becoming a pro baseball player, and he suggested practicing a lot and learning the different positions.

Randy was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, which he says was an honor. A 10-time All-Star, he won over 300 games in his career, including a perfect game, and holds nearly every major career pitching record in D-backs franchise history.

While he doesn’t play baseball anymore, Randy is still involved with the D-Backs, but spends most of his free time traveling and doing photography. He said the most fascinating place he’s been to is Africa.

Zaza also got to interview Luis Gonzalez, known as “Gonzo.” Gonzo was one of the D-Backs’ most popular players in the organization’s history. What’s cool about Gonzo is he had the winning hit during Game 7 when the D-Backs were in the World Series (My dad was at that game! Back then, they didn’t have iPhones, so he holds onto the memories). Gonzo said the team grew together as a family, played hard, and fought to win the amazing title.

When Zaza asked Gonzo’s tips for playing baseball, he told him to have fun and to make friends with everyone.

Join Nicholas on his epic journey via Instagram @creationsbynicholas and