Tim Lincecum fans who want to hate first baseman Paul Goldschmidt should know that the Diamondbacks’ first baseman visits hospitals without goading from the team, spends his off hours studying for an MBA and said he loves AT&T Park and the way the Giants play. Heck, he probably nurses puppies back to health, too. Goldschmidt’s domination has to reside somewhere in the players’ minds when they square off, though he said a hitter cannot dwell on his numbers against a pitcher. Noting that he is 1-for-14 with seven strikeouts against the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, Goldschmidt said, I can’t go up to the plate thinking about those numbers or I’d never get a hit. […] Lincecum said he has to throw each pitch with conviction even if the hitter he is facing is “one of the big boys.” Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.
I still remember that one picture of them at first base. Tim was not amused and they clearly didn’t say a word to each other.