PHOENIX - As a baseball player, what does respect look like? How ‘bout when your name is slotted in the fourth spot of a batting lineup?
Well, on Monday, D-backs slugger Paul Goldschmidt received the ultimate sign of respect when his name was inserted into the cleanup spot of the All-Star lineup for the National League.
Batting cleanup on a lineup card consisting of the very best players that baseball has to offer only verifies what D-backs fans already know firsthand – Goldy is worthy of star status well beyond the borders of Arizona.
Of course, after finishing as the runner-up in the NL MVP race last season, Goldy has been posting stats that precede him.
Despite limited pitches to hit, Goldy has posted a batting average over .300 along with leading the league in doubles and placing second in RBI’s. As the starting first baseman on the NL All-Star team, the two-time All-Star has been the lone shining star on a D-backs team that limped into the All-Star break with the worst record in the National League.
This year, Goldschmidt is joined by D-backs catcher Miguel Montero for Tuesday night’s MLB All-Star Game that will determine home field advantage in the World Series.