I usually do not encourage people to be selfish, but I am on this occasion. I have read several different reports that Arizona Diamondbacks 1st baseman Paul Goldschmidt would decline an invitation to participate in this years home run derby. I have had two brief encounters with Paul, based on those and everything I have read and heard about him I assume he wants to be a team player for the unofficial second half of the season. I applaud him for thinking of his team before himself, but his team has little or no shot at making the postseason even with both Bronson Arroyo and Mark Trumbo returning.
Therefore, I believe this could be the year to put himself on the map. He just was voted by the fans to start the All-Star Game at 1st base. If he would participate in the home run derby as well I believe he could really boost his stock with the fans as well as for his future. For those of us on the west coast, we already know how great he is, and it is time he shows his greatness to the rest of the baseball community on its grandest stage. Both at the All-Star Game and showing off his power in the home run derby at Target Field. It is time for Goldschmidt to be selfish, and even if he is not at full strength for the Diamondbacks in the second half, it is alright. In this particular scenario it is alright to think of yourself first. Go for it Goldy!