The 35-year-old Diamondbacks outfielder, who just signed a three-year, $30 million contract extension, had the winning hit in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series.
SI: You're known as one of the nicest guys in the game. Why haven't you become an overpaid jerk?
Gonzalez: Because my mom always taught me to treat people the way I want to be treated.
SI: You have 4�-year-old triplets—Alyssa, Jacob and Megan. Compare their maturity to the average ballplayer's.
Gonzalez: Their maturity or immaturity?
SI: Have you ever swum in Bank One Ballpark's pool?
Gonzalez: Yes, early one afternoon before everybody got there. It was very refreshing, actually.
SI: When you dreamed of winning the Series as a kid, did your fantasies include hitting a blooper over the infield such as the one that beat the Yankees in 2001?
Gonzalez: In my dreams it was a home run, but I'll take the blooper.
SI: Do you still have the bat or ball from that hit?