I have been very fortunate to have won some awards in my young career. I would trade them all, without hesitation, for a World Series championship, of course. But still, these awards are special.
After the 2010 season, as a native Venezuelan, winning the Luis Aparicio Award was very special to me. That's like winning the MVP in the big leagues for a Venezuelan player because there are so many good Venezuelan players. Look at players like Miguel Cabrera, who finished second in the AL MVP voting, and Felix Hernandez, who won the AL Cy Young Award. The Luis Aparicio Award is something I am very proud to have won. It will always be in my heart.
That award was also very special because it was presented to me in my hometown in Venezuela. All my friends and family were there. We had a big celebration. All the guys I play winter ball with were there, too. The town of Maracaibo has seen so many good players come through that it was a dream of mine to win that award some day.
Winning the Gold Glove Award was a big surprise to me. I had heard that it would be tough for me to win the award because I played all the outfield positions, moving around from left to center to right. It was great to win, though, because I have a lot of respect for the game. I think it shows that I don't only concentrate on hitting. It's important to be successful in all aspects of the game. I try to help my team at the plate and in the field. It's very nice to be recognized with a Gold Glove.
The Silver Slugger Award is sitting with the other awards in my house. It's another award that I am very proud to have won. It's cool to look at. It's special because it's something that no one can ever take away from you. Only three players in the outfield get the award so it is nice to be seen as one of those top three.
And winning the Outstanding Player and Player of the Year from the Players Choice Awards was very cool. Those two are extra special because the players vote for them. It's great to be voted on by the press and members of the media, but it is an even greater honor to be recognized by your peers. That shows you that your fellow players like the way you play the game and respect how you go about your business.
These are the most special awards to me, for sure.
Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez is having a solid 2011 season after enjoying a splended 2010 campaign that included a .336 average, 34 homers, 117 RBI and 26 stolen bases in 145 games.
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