If Paul Goldschmidt had any regrets about his decision to participate in the World Baseball Classic – or any complaints about the spot on the bench he occupied during the tournament’s final three games – he did a convincing job of saying otherwise.
Goldschmidt called the WBC not only one of the best baseball experiences he’d ever had, but one of the best life experiences. And he explained away his lack of playing time late in the tournament with his trademark humility.
He said he wasn’t as productive as he would have hoped. He said teammates “picked me up.” And he said that he tried to take his bench role seriously, being ready in case he was needed and staying upbeat and energetic even if he wasn’t.
Goldschmidt said he had a blast playing on a team that won a championship, even if he logged just 13 at-bats in official tournament games – plus three additional plate appearances in two exhibitions – and, by the end, was relegated to a bench role for the first time since his sophomore year in high school.