MLB Great Luis Gonzalez
‘Blessed and Honored’
To Be Pallbearer for John McCain
8/28/2018 12:21 PM PDT
Ex-MLB star Luis Gonzalez says the moment he was asked to be a pallbearer for John McCain was one of the highest honors of his life … but admits it was weird, since McCain was still alive at the time.
Gonzalez will be one of the 6 men selected to carry McCain’s casket at his funeral on Thursday — and tells TMZ Sports the late Arizona senator had been planning out the event for months.
“I’ve known for a while,” Gonzales tells us … “[McCain’s team] had contacted me a while back, a few months back to ask if I’d be willing to be a pallbearer.”
“First of all, it’s an honor. And secondly, he was still living at the time so it was a strange request.”
Gonzo and McCain have been friends since the days Luis played for the Arizona Diamondbacks — they would text, talk on the phone and attend events together.
Luis says he was always impressed with McCain’s knowledge and enthusiasm for sports — noting he never wanted to sit in VIP suites in stadiums, he always loved hanging with the people in the bleachers.
“He was a great person who cared about other people.”