The Spanish-American Organization (SAO) selected González (president of the Ohio chapter of the National Latino Police Officer’s Association). He still serves as a special deputy in Lucas and Ottawa County, called out when a migrant farmworker requires assistance—whether in need of a bilingual translator or some other situation.
González graduated from the University of Toledo in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in human resources. He also earned an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Terra Community College in Fremont.
“I’m very proud and excited,” González said of the honor.
But he’s also feeling a bit of pressure. González hails from a big family. His wife has a big family. So naturally, there’s been a lot of demand for tickets. He’ll throw out the first pitch in front of 40 to 50 relatives, as well as countless friends and fellow Latinos.
“I’m to make sure I don’t throw a ‘worm-burner’ and get it across the plate,” he joked, a reference to the countless embarrassing moments when a politician or public figure can’t even throw the ball far enough to reach home plate.
González is the father of seven and grandfather of three. His two youngest kids, 18 and 15, still live at home. But he also has six brothers and two sisters; and his wife comes from a family of eight. Add to that numerous in-laws, cousins, and significant others.
La Prensa reached González on his way home from his son’s wedding in Kansas—to practice in his backyard for the first-pitch ceremony.