Obviously, the two best players in the National League in 2019 have been Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich. While this mini-rivalry just now seems to be budding – it reached a fever pitch on Sunday in Milwaukee when Bellinger stole the show with a catch that robbed Yelich of a home run, and later won the game for the Dodgers with a home run.
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Furthermore – before the game – Yelich spoke to AM570’s David Vassegh in regards to Bellinger’s torrid start to 2019. Surely, it sounds like immense respect exists between the reigning NL MVP and the Dodgers’ young star.
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Vassegh asked Yelich what kind of connection he has with Bellinger.
“I know Cody fairly well. He’s a good kid, a great baseball player. I have ran into him a time or two and it’s nice to catch up with him. It has been well documented how well his season is going so far. It is hard to ignore what he has been doing and it is great for him and great for the sport of baseball. It’s hard to ignore what he’s been doing, we will see what happens over the next five months.”
Now, make sure you give the interview a good listen or two. Indeed, Yelich was complimentary of Bellinger; and how could one not be. Still, it sounded a little bit like he didn’t want to spend too much time on it.
Of course it’s important to remember that the Dodgers have been to two straight World Series. Moreover, the Dodgers kept the Brewers from a berth last year to the Fall Classic. In that game, Bellinger hit a tremendous home run that put Los Angeles on the board. Items like that tend to stick in the mind of players like Yelich who have done it all except play in a World Series.
With these two youngsters just getting acquainted in their battles, this is sure to be a debate and rivalry that only gets better over the next five or so years. It’s great for the sport.
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