"Something from a Roberto Clemente Award winner shouldn't surprise anyone," Goldberg said. "But it still somehow does."
Pujols won the Clemente Award in 2008, honored for the work he's done with his foundation. Pujols puts on over 30 events a year for kids with Down Syndrome, including a golf tournament that raises over $350,000. He also makes annual trips to the Dominican Republic to help impoverished families and orphans with medical care and supplies.
So stepping up and helping the Coolbaugh family is right in character, as is Pujols' desire not to make too big of a deal out of any of his charity work. The Coolbaugh family, however, would like to make a very big deal out of it.
"It's important for people to know, to know that as big as Albert Pujols is, as much as he has, he can still do something like this that makes such a difference," said an appreciative Mandy Coolbaugh. "This stuff doesn't make the headlines. And it should. It makes regular people want to be good people as well.
"I think anyone can feed off that. If we saw all the good athletes continually do, I think it would make people strive to do positive things as well. It might not be as big as what Pujols can do, but small things count, too."
Ever since Mike Coolbaugh died, the family has been amazed time and time again about how the baseball community has reached out a helping and supporting hand. Whether it's been financially or via donations for Saturday's silent auction, the Coolbaughs have a hard time expressing their appreciation for all that baseball has done on their behalf.
"We have been so touched by the baseball world," said Mike's cousin, Cheryl Coolbaugh, who is organizing Saturday's event. "Everybody has reached out to us. We have found out baseball is truly a family. The values in baseball are truly incredible. They pull on your heartstrings, everything they do. It just goes to show how wonderful everybody in baseball really is. We are truly grateful."
"It's absolutely amazing," Mandy Coolbaugh echoed. "When you have a tragedy like Mike's death, you see a lot of good that comes out of people. You see what their true character is made of. It's amazing what people do when they hear Mike's name. He keeps getting spoken about in such a good way. That's what I have to give to my kids. I can't ask for more than that."