October 05, 2011
Not only has he made a good impression on his Arizona Diamondbacks teammates and fans since being called up Aug 1., but he must have made an impact on folks in the minor leagues as well. Goldschmidt's minor-league teammates, guys who he has fought for jobs in Arizona's organization — those he has met on their way down and his way up — are among his most vocal supporters.
Along with fellow rookie Josh Collmenter(notes), Goldschmidt helped save Arizona's season in an 8-1 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 3 of the NLDS on Tuesday night. Goldschmidt was the one who put the game out of reach with an opposite-field grand slam off Shawn Marcum. The home run prompted a huge reaction, one that reached well beyond the crowd of 48,312 at Chase Field.
As Arizona Republic reporter Nick Piecoro pointed out, it drew a huge reaction on the Internet from Goldschmidt's apparently wide circle of friends. Within seconds of that baseball landing in the glove of a lucky fan stationed just behind the fence, several of Goldschmidt's minor-league teammates in the D-backs organization took to Twitter to show their support for "Goldy." Piecoro retweeted a few of those comments to his followers:
Chris Owings (@cowings): "Goldy!!!!"
Again, those were just a few examples of what I consider to be a very cool show of support, and an endorsement of Paul Goldschmidt as not only a baseball player, but as a guy they've grown to respect and are genuinely happy for.
I wasn't very familiar with him coming into this season, but that changed quickly during the first game of spring training, when the rookie first baseman cracked a monster two-run, walk-off home run, giving Arizona a win against the Colorado Rockies.
A meaningless win, yes, but the impression was still made — and that baseball might still be traveling. Just like Goldschmidt's reputation.
His buddies would be even happier to know that he slammed his way into the history books, becoming only the third rookie to hit a postseason grand slam. A pair of Yankees did it previously: Gil McDougald in 1951 and Ricky Ledee in 1999.
A pretty cool achievement on a pretty special night for a guy just two months into his major-league career. But the truly exciting part for Diamondbacks fans — well, aside from living to fight another day — is that Goldschmidt is only going to get smarter, better and stronger as he continues his development.
Very good for them. Very bad for everyone else. Unless you happen to be one of Goldschmidt's many friends.