Monday night marked the first time that popular former D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt returned to Chase Field. This time as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. Fans shouted hellos to Goldy as he warmed up prior to the start of the game.
In true Goldy fashion, he took time to sign autographs like had done many times before, but this time it was on the first base side of Chase Field. Fans remain loyal to Goldy, who is second in team history in home runs and RBIs, behind Luis Gonzales.
Mike Simmons said, “The guy played hard for us for a long time and did a great job. He was a stellar member of this community, and just because he got traded, does not mean we will forget all the good he has done for us here.”
The D-backs showed a video before the game to honor the fan favorite in his first return to Arizona. When he came to the plate in the top of the first inning most of the 24,826 fans in attendance cheered and many even stood up to give Goldschmidt an ovation he truly deserved. He eventually walked and scored as the Cardinals led 2-0 after a half inning.
Goldy went 2-4 officially in the game, scored 3 runs and had 2 RBIs, in the Cardinals 9-7 win, on a stormy night in Phoenix. Flashes of lightning could be seen through the windows throughout Chase Field followed by loud claps of thunder, but it was business as usual inside.
In the third inning, Goldschmidt’s blast into the right-center field seats Monday night marked the 100th home run of his career at Chase Field in Phoenix. The previous 99 were as a member of the Diamondbacks.
After the game Goldschmidt said,"I am very appreciative of the support of the fans here. I tried to enjoy it and am thankful. The Diamondbacks spent time putting that video together, and the fans were out here early and cheering and I am thankful for that."
The loss officially eliminated the Diamondbacks from the postseason, dropping them to (80-77) on the year. Meanwhile, the Cardinals are staying focused on a playoff run, leading the N.L. Central with a (90-67) mark. Game two of the three game series with St. Louis is at 6:40pm tonight.