On Friday night, Brian Goodwin felt good enough to homer twice for the LA Angels, against good winds coming from right field starting a good trend. As much as we tried to pretend, the Angels fell to bean town 7-6 in the end. 15 innings was just good enough to be not be good enough to win a game… yet again.
The first goody-bomb was hit to right just over the outreached arm of J.D. Martinez, while in flight. The second, launched into the endless night, to right-center seemingly singing with angelic delight. B-Good scored four of the Angels six runs. It wasn’t enough, but it contributed to the sum.
"Now playing left field for the Los Angeles Angels… Brian Goodwin! Brian Goodwin? Wait, what? Where did he come from? – From “Los Angeles Angels’ Brian Goodwin Be Good, Very Good” (by Benny Bam on halohangout.com three months ago)"
Left field for the Los Angeles Angels has been relatively shored up since Justin Upton arrived in August of 2017; UP Up and away swinging for the fences with a scowl so mean.
“B-Good” played 575 games in the minors with teams like the Mesa Solar Sox and Salt River Rafters. Oh, and he got a cool nickname. He made the AFL All-Prospect Team in 2013, after being a AFL Player of the Week in October, MiLB.comOrganization All-Star(WSH), and AFL Rising Stars MVP in 2012.
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Funny how one turf toe injury can throw you right back to where you started; allowing a guy named Goody to become Halo imparted.
Four years later he would get his call; after becoming an International League Mid-Season All-Star with the Syracuse Chiefs in 2016. In 22 games with the Nationals Goodwin hit .286 with five RBIs. He played 74 more games in 2017 with the Nationals hitting .251 with 13 homers and 30 RBIs.
"One only can hope to live good as one can,To be a good woman or be a good man,To learn how to receive you must know how to give,And live by the moral of live and let live…-Francis Duggan “To Be a Good Person” poemhunter.com"
The Royals then acquired Goodwin on July 22nd, 2018. Washington received a right-hander named Jacob Condra-Bogan. Goodwin called his departure from Washington “bittersweet”, because he enjoyed his time in the Nation’s Capital, but he would now get an opportunity to play every day in Kansas City.
"Good people help people for love not for greed,And they will stand by you when you are in need,You never do hear them put another down,The quiet achievers of their side of the town…-Francis Duggan “To Be a Good Person” poemhunter.com"
B-Good was finally playing versus righties, versus lefties, nearly every day… then he got injured. Luckily for the Angels, he became disposable for Kansas City after a poor Spring.
"To pay everybody respect and fair due,You cannot be true to others if to self you are not true,For to live as a decent person I only wish to be known,Treat everyone as an equal and to each their own…-Francis Duggan “To Be a Good Person” poemhunter.com"
Since arriving in Los Angeles, Goodwin has been in the top 10 in the AL in batting average, has hit game-tying and go-ahead homers, and been a virtual spark plug at times for the Halo offense. A needed spark considering the team was missing reigning AL Rookie of the Year Shohei Ohtani and former All-Star Outfielder Justin Upton from the lineup.
"To live as a good person that and nothing more,This is something you may have heard me say before.-Francis Duggan “To Be a Good Person” poemhunter.com"
So as numbers 14 and 15 escaped the playing field Friday night, a Good feeling remained despite the hangover of another game ending in not quite. That’s what Brian does, like Key and Peele, defying the odds to make us remember how to feel. A warm sensation that Angels fans need; we may not win enough this year but in Good things we can still believe.