"It's cool. You get to see family, but once you get on the field, you kind of forget you're back here," Goldschmidt said. "Just a day and a half. Night game, then a day game and we're out. It's not like you're here for a week and you're hanging out then play baseball. We're here to play then we leave."
Goldschmidt won a state championship at The Woodlands, a high school near Houston, and left Texas State as the career record holder for home runs (36) and RBIs (178). After the D-backs swept a doubleheader Monday against the Rangers at home, they traveled to Texas for two more games this week.
"I loved [Texas State]," Goldschmidt said. "I loved playing baseball there. I loved the town [San Marcos] and I loved the school. I had fun there, met my wife there, have close friends I still stay in touch with."
Blue Jays right-hander Kyle Drabek and Brett Eibner, who is currently with the Royals' Double-A team at Northwest Arkansas, were among the other players on The Woodlands squad that won a state title in 2006.