Hit and Run

America loves home runs. Our cultural fascination with dingers is why the Steroid Era was so popular, why Luis Gonzalez got his own milk flavor, and why Denny’s ultimately decided to rename the dreadfully unpopular “RBI Single Breakfast.”

It’s also why Arizona Diamondbacks first-baseman Paul Goldschmidt is one of the most popular athletes in the Valley at the moment. Goldschmidt is on pace to hit more four-baggers than any D-Backs slugger since Gonzalez retired. There’s a decent chance Goldschmidt will win the NL home run crown in the process.

Goldschmidt’s power numbers figure to take a big step up this week when the D-Backs host the Milwaukee Brewers at Chase Field, 401 East Jefferson Street, on Friday, July 12. The hapless Brewers have served up substantially more homers than any other team in the league, so there figure to be plenty of base-clearers. First pitch is at 6:40 p.m, tickets start at $5 via or by calling 602-462-6500.

Thu., July 11; Fri., July 12, 6:40 p.m.; Sat., July 13; Sun., July 14, 2013
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Ed Kummerer