"Suzuki has been part of my entire [Major League] career, especially coming up with Oakland," Gonzalez said. "I played with Suzuki in the Futures Game in 2006. I was 20 years old. I'm about to be 28. ... Suzuki made an impact on my career and he made an impact on me as a person. He is well-loved in the Nationals organization. ... You are going to miss him a lot and you wish him the best in his career."
Gonzalez believes Suzuki will have a positive impact on the Athletics, and it was proven on Saturday afternoon, when he caught a 2-1 A's victory against the Orioles.
"The game before that was like 9-7 [in favor of the Orioles]," Gonzalez said. "So a catcher does make a huge impact on a starting pitcher or the bullpen. He is the one that definitely does most of the homework. If Suzuki is on his game -- Suzuki knows what he is doing -- I think Oakland is going to be sitting pretty."
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashinNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.