CHICAGO — For the second straight year, the Starbucks across the street from Wrigley Field got a visit from a uniformed Dodgers rookie.
Joc Pederson, Mike Bolsinger and Adam Liberatore sojourned boldly into the air-conditioned confines this morning, absorbing the smells of espresso into their road-gray polyester threads. (You figure that Carlos Frias was excused because he is starting today against the Cubs.)
Pederson made a full-uniform run last September too. Call it a new tradition.
Of course, the moment isn’t quite embarrassing enough unless it’s shared on social media:
Jimmy Rollins stole his third base of the season in the Dodgers’ 7-3 win over the Colorado Rockies. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)
The Dodgers and Colorado Rockies are tied for first place following the Dodgers’ 7-3 win, their fifth straight. The Dodgers won’t always be this hot, but they can always draw on some lessons from this winning streak.
I couldn’t squeeze all of Clayton Kershaw‘s postgame remarks into the story. That’s a shame, because the fact that he did not win his first game until his third start is significant for a pitcher who’s won three of the last four National League Cy Young Awards. Here’s what he said:
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dodgers held their annual Photo Day this morning, with players showing off for the Dodger team photographers, SportsNet LA, MLB Photos, MLB.com, MLB International, ESPN the Magazine, Topps, USA Today, Getty Images, Baseball Digest and the Associated Press.
I have no idea what the Getty photographer was telling half these guys but, well, see for yourself. The full gallery is here; feel free to caption these gems:
Zack Greinke allowed five runs against the Angels on Monday, including a sixth-inning home run to Josh Hamilton. (Andy Holzman/Staff photographer)
The game story is here.
The box score is here.
The photo gallery is here.