The Dodgers played 12 innings of baseball on Sunday night in Boston before winning, showering, and heading to Philadelphia for the start of a 4 game series. As Orel Hershiser noted during the SportsNet LA broadcast “guys head’s probably didn’t hit the pillow until 5 in the morning [east coast time].”
Safe to say, the team wasn’t coming into the game feeling 100%, but you’d be hard pressed to tell. After going 4-6 with 2 home runs (to retake the MLB lead) on Monday, NL MVP hopeful Cody Bellinger spoke with SNLA’s Alanna Rizzo about his game, and the state of the team.
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I think we just came in here with a ‘whatever attitude’ after getting in so late, and sometimes those are the best days — you just stay nice and relaxed mentally, and it showed today.
Over the “MVP” chants from over 800 Dodger fans at Citizen’s Bank Park in Philly, Cody was calm as a cucumber. Which is surprising when you hear about how he prepared himself physically for the contest.
I drank two Red Bulls and took a lot of Advil, so I was feeling alright.
Note 1 here is: kids, don’t try that at home. But more importantly, it highlights the grind that a major league baseball-er goes through over a 162 game season — sometimes you do things you probably shouldn’t just to be game ready.
And ready for the game Belli was. As Rizzo noted, even in what resulted in a laugher, Cody took no plays off.
I just like to play hard. I think sometimes throughout the game you’re not going to do it, but for the most part I try to run stuff out as much as I can. You never know when you’re gonna get a hit.