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DENVER -- The Major Leagues -- and the Venezuelan players who started in them -- seemed so far away from Carlos Gonzalez when he was growing up in Maracaibo. Now that Gonzalez has achieved star status with the Rockies, he's trying to bring himself closer to those watching him.One of Gonzalez's favorite activities is to tour the country with other stars, as one of the celebrity faces of a company that makes a popular root beer, Maltin Polar. It is considered the premier endorsement deal for a Venezuelan athlete. But part of what he does is rewarding, rather than lucrative. "Polar does some charity stuff," Gonzalez said. "We are kind of like the heroes for the little kids -- Miguel Cabrera, Omar Vizquel and I -- and we always go to the baseball fields and give away stuff like gloves, batting gloves, everything they need to play their game."
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.