Nephew doesn't mind competition with uncle

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Aaron Gonzalez (left), 12, and his uncle, Jonathan Ford, 13, played on opposing Little League teams and faced each other July 17 in the District 6 Little League Championship game. Jonathan's team won. Though they are uncle and nephew, they are more like best friends because they are just nine months apart.

The championship game was more than a showdown between the District 6 Little League's two best teams. It was also a face-off between an uncle and a nephew.

Or, as Aaron Gonzalez puts it, the game was more of a competition between friends.

"We're competitive, very competitive, but we're also close friends," said Aaron, 12, of the Masters City Little League team. "No matter who wins, we congratulate each other."

His uncle Jonathan Ford, 13, agreed.

"It's a lot of fun playing against each other," said Jonathan, of the Martinez-Evans Little League team. "We don't let the competition come between us, though."

Their closeness was demonstrated after the championship game July 17 when Jonathan's team won.

"It didn't bother me," said Aaron. "The better team won. They played a good game. I was just glad one of us won the championship."

When they're not competing against each other, they're playing together, said Aaron's father, Manuel Gonzalez, who is married to Jonathan's older sister.

Aaron and Jonathan also play on a team called the Futures that plays in baseball tournaments.

"They're together all the time," he said of the boys, who were born nine months apart. "It's not unusual for them to be outside playing. It's neat to see how well they get along and how close they are. They're best friends."

They both hope to become professional baseball players one day.

"We want to do what we love one day and get paid for it," said Jonathan. "So when we play, we play to improve. If we see the other doing something wrong or need help with something, we'll work on it until we get it right. We like helping each other."

Aaron agrees.

"We both love the game, and that makes it a lot of fun," he said.

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