CHICAGO -- From the visiting clubhouse at Wrigley Field on Sunday, Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt recalled his whirlwind experience at the 2011 All-Star Futures Games in Phoenix a little more than a year ago. He had hardly a moment to himself and little idea then that he would be back in Phoenix as a major leaguer three weeks later.
Much has happened for Goldschmidt and the D-backs since then -- so much that casual observers might forget that the slugging 24-year-old has yet to play a full major league season. Even Goldschmidt, with just 125 big league games under his belt, feels like he's been around much longer.
"There's been a lot going on, especially with the playoffs last year and everything," Goldschmidt said. "At times you're like, 'I can't believe a year ago I still hadn't made my debut or anything.' There's a lot of memories you create, whether it's your big league debut, first hit, first home run, then obviously clinching and going to the playoffs."