By: Stephen Chrisanthus
Special to the Delray Newspaper
Stephen Chrisanthus of the Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative recently interviewed Alex “Chi Chi” Gonzalez, pitcher for the Texas Rangers and Delray Beach native. Here is what Gonzalez had to say about growing up in Delray and his plans to stay in the city:
Tell us a little about where your baseball career began?
I was born and raised in Delray Beach. I grew up playing ball across the railroad tracks in Miller Park. I started playing at the age of 6 with the Delray Rangers, now I play with the Texas Rangers, that was during the Bucky Dent days. I went on to play with the Bandits in Boynton Beach and then made the varsity team at Boca Raton Community High School.
How often do you get to come back home?
I get to visit for two months in the off season around Christmas. My parents still live in the same house I grew up in.
What changes have you seen in Delray over the years?
People all over know what is going on in town. The city has been promoted well. I see the change, but I love that the “localness” still exists. Everyone seems welcoming on the Ave. Delray Beach has it all. If it wants to be Miami it can be. If it wants to be laid back like Tampa, it can be. It’s new and old school.
What do you like to do in your off time?
I am a huge fisherman. I love it. On the beach, on the boat, at Lake Ida, I love it all. I love the GreenMarket and eating at LemonGrass.
What is your favorite hometown event?
The Christmas Tree lighting and Santa Claus is my favorite event. I am big into family, I am old school.
Do you plan on staying in Delray?
If I can continue to live here, it would be sweet to see the new generation grow through the same teachers who taught me. I am currently in the market for a house.