Ned Colletti talked with Colin Cowherd on ESPN Radio this morning.
That’s noteworthy in itself – ESPN’s national programs often don’t bother to analyze teams, coaches and athletes west of the Mississippi – but it’s not the story. The story is that the Dodgers are 19-3 since the All-Star break, and the interview with ESPN Radio is a byproduct of the Dodgers’ dominance.
Yasiel Puig was among the topics of discussion. Cowherd offered this only-on-ESPN nugget about Puig getting called up from Double-A in June: “I’m not saying it had a Lebron or Tom Brady impact, but it did seem to rub off on other guys.” (That really puts things into perspective, doesn’t it?)
Colletti agreed. He recalled Puig’s outfield assist from the right-field warning track to double up Chris Denorfia for the final out of his debut game back on June 3. More specifically, he recalled Andre Ethier‘s reaction: “The look on his face, when the TV caught it … was like, ‘wow.’ To see a Major League Baseball player have that look on his face, that tells you he saw something unique and special in it.”
Colletti went on to say that there have been many heroes during the Dodgers’ special run. He credited team chemistry, saying “everybody gets along with everybody,” which echoed Zack Greinke‘s Jackie Moon-esque declaration that “everybody loves everybody” from a couple weeks ago.
Some bullet points for an International Youth Day:
• One important factoid that didn’t make last night’s game story: The Dodgers are in the midst of the best 45-game stretch in MLB since the Kansas City Royals’ 37-8 run from Aug. 17-Sept. 30, 1977, and the best stretch for an NL club since the 1953 Dodgers went 37-8. That streak started with the second game of a doubleheader on July 19 and ended Sept. 1.
• According to MLB, last night’s telecast drew a 5.5 rating in Los Angeles, making it the highest-rated MLB game on ESPN in Los Angeles since at least 1999.
• MLB.com has an interesting historical footnote about the 1914 Miracle (Boston) Braves and how it relates to the Dodgers.
• John Baker, the catcher at Triple-A Albuquerque whom the Dodgers designated for assignment last week, has a fantastic Twitter handle (@manbearwolf). It’s a shame he hasn’t updated his feed in almost two years.
• Jose Abreu is in Haiti. Who’s Jose Abreu, you ask? Only the best hitter in Cuba. Grantland.com has a primer. One must believe the Dodgers have seen him multiple times, given their multiple looks at Yasiel Puig before he signed a year ago.
• I fell down a musical rabbit hole this morning. Found Ramsey Lewis’ version of “Something You Got”:
Then I listened to the original by Chris Kenner:
Then I caught the sample of “Something You Got” in “Work” by RJD2: