Brian Goodwin has bounced around the league his entire career. He has played for five different teams in the last six seasons.
That’s a lot of moving and relocating for sure. But it’s part of the game and Goodwin understands that.
Now that he’s with the Chicago White Sox, he’s enjoying every moment playing on that team and he has contributed throughout the season.
There’s no question that he’s been a fan favorite this season and he fits in well with the White Sox.
“This is the best team I’ve been on,” Goodwin told the Chicago Sun Times. “Unmatched vibe, unmatched relationships, family type of environment, it’s the best all the way through,” he said.
Goodwin has dealt with many different personalities and characters during his nomadic career and when you watch him play on the White Sox, you can see how much he enjoys being a part of the team.
This MLBbro is having fun out there, you can see it on his face and how he attacks every pitch and savors every opportunity to cleat up and go at it.
— MLBbro.com (@MLBbrodotcom) August 1, 2021
We all remember the epic bat flip from Goodwin after hitting a walk-off homer against the Cleveland Indians on August 1st. That moment right there was a pivotal one for Goodwin. He let the rest of the league know that he’s about that action.
Despite his many destinations, this season, Goodwin’s had some superstar moments that have contributed to the Chicago White Sox being legitmate World Series hunters for the first time since 2005.
The Sox are a team filled with talented players and on paper they are one of the best MLB squads. Goodwin has found a way to insert himself into the lineup and make an impact whenever he steps on the field.
“We never really look at the lead, the records, the lists, the rankings,” Goodwin said. “Just keep our eyes off it and keep our heads straightforward, to the next game. See them when they get here and beat them. The mentality hasn’t changed since I got here.”
It seems as if Goodwin has found a home in Chicago. Goodwin brings that dog mentality to the South Side and that fits perfectly with the team.
“These last couple of months, I don’t even know how long I’ve been here, but it’s flying by,” he said. “It’s still the same excitement I had since Day 1, and I’ve been embraced like family since I got here.”
Goodwin is hitting .232 with seven home runs and 22 RBI on the season. The numbers don’t do him justice because wherever the team needs him to play, he goes out there and gives max effort.
He has played all three outfield positions and has hit in six different spots in the lineup. Goodwin doesn’t have to start every game to make an impact. He understands his role.
Most importantly, Goodwin has a lot of respect for his manager, Tony La Russa.
“He still has a lot of old-school philosophy, but he has a personality that fits in pretty much with any crowd or generation,” Goodwin said of La Russa. “Baseball takes care of itself because we’re all on the same page there, and he has a great personality off the field, so he covers all the bases, right?”
Goodwin has a chance to be a part of something special this season so don’t be surpised if he has some historic moments in the playoffs. Unheralded, sometiems undervalued players often come up huge in October.