Miguel Gonzalez celebrated Cinco de Mayo by performing with a mariachi band
Miguel Gonzalez''s not some athlete who dabbles in music, as he proved pregame Saturday when he joined in on primary vocals with the Mariachi Heritage Foundation during White Sox batting practice. The veteran right-hander is an accomplished mariachi performer.
"I enjoyed it. I didn't think I was gonna get all inspired until I did. It was fun," Gonzalez said. "My dad sang, I listened to it when I was little, and I've been doing it ever since but never like practiced. I just enjoy it with the boys."
Gonzalez never took lessons and doesn't practice much currently, aside from singing at home in the shower. The Mariachi Heritage Foundation was warming up during BP for their Cinco de Mayo performance at Guaranteed Rate Field on Saturday night, earning applause from the White Sox players when they finished and encouragement to play more.
White Sox manager Rick Renteria then pushed Gonzalez mic-side, knowing his prowess. Gonzalez, who is on the disabled list with rotator cuff inflammation and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday, mesmerized teammates, media and team officials alike.
Renteria will join in next time according to a smiling Gonzalez. He added that performing the national anthem might reside on his bucket list before retirement.
"I was probably 10 years old when I realized I had a good voice," Gonzalez said. "The only thing I need to practice is like vocal stuff and when to enter and all that stuff.
"But it's, I mean, it takes time, but I know if I keep doing it I'll be able to be a little bit more with the mariachi instead of actually having to listen to it and then having to sing. But it's fun, and I enjoy it."