The conversation then shifted to Kershaw, whom Ellis praised for being the same person he met nearly 10 years ago:
He hasn’t changed at all. Clayton is the same exact guy who I met in the Minor Leagues back in in 2005 or 6 when we first met up in Double A… such a great tribute to him is the person he is and the consistency he has as a person, as a teammate, and as a husband. A brilliant, special special guy. A once in a generation teammate and a once in a generation player.”
Professionally, he has taken his game to the next level, where he is so committed to being aggressive. He is so committed to being 0-1 on every hitter.”
With the Dodgers recently completing a three-game series with the San Francisco Giants and another on the horizon, Ellis discussed the rivalry:
No, it’s a big deal. The energy in the ballpark is what makes the big difference. There is nothing better than playing a game at AT&T ballpark in San Francisco. It’s the environment. For us in September, it’s 40 guys versus the entire stadium. You really rally together and come together as one.”
As the season comes to an end, Ellis said the team is trying to stay as positive as possible. The Dodgers’ hold a two-game lead in the division and after a four-game series with the Chicago Cubs will return to Chavez Ravine to face the Giants.
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