Just call him Good Guy Gio.
As evidenced in MASN's Washington Nationals beat reporter Mark Zuckerman's Tweet below, starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez exhibited quite a different look Monday evening, surprising the D.C. faithful by shedding his renowned hair locks with a fresh cut on display.
Say hello to the new guy. Gio Gonzalez. You may remember him from a couple years ago. pic.twitter.com/0mj46VKWL7
— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) May 30, 2016
But the new look was more complex than a simple change of face. With this Instagram post on Monday, Gonzalez revealed to the public that the primary motive behind the move was his choice to donate the excess hair to Locks of Love, a charity that provides hairpieces to underprivileged children.
Certainly a nice gesture by the two-time All-Star, who sacrificed his own look for the potential benefit of several others.
Of course, maybe the change could also help Gonzalez clear his head both literally and figuratively. After scorching through his first five starts with a 2-1 record and 1.15 ERA, the 30-year-old has since gone 1-2 with a 6.41 ERA in his past five starts for the NL East-leading Nationals.