If you have been a Dodgers fan for 20 years or so, you know that the early 2000s were a wild time to be at the stadium. You also knew that when Guns N’ Roses’ Welcome to the Jungle blared over the sound system at Chavez Ravine, the game was pretty much over.
That signaled that Eric Gagné was entering the game to close it out for the Dodgers, and he was not giving up the lead. Gagné established himself as one of the most dominant closers in the history of the game from 2002 to 2004. In that time, he also set the MLB record by converting 84 consecutive save opportunities.
These days, things are a lot more laid back for the former closer. We got the opportunity to catch up with him this past week about all things Dodgers, and what he’s up to in 2021. One of the things we got to chat about was his all-time favorite teammate, and he picked a good one.
Of all time? Hmm…I got a lot. I mean Beltre, you can’t beat Beltre. There’s no way, I mean Beltre [Alex] Cora. There’s so many, so many. We had good teams, that’s the thing, I was part of great teams and not just result-wise. We had good guys and I think that’s what the Dodgers, again going back on the culture, they always put together a great team not just talent-wise….but Beltre, no one in the the world that can say anything bad about him.
Adrian Beltre will always be a favorite among Dodgers fans, even though LA let him walk more than 15 years ago. The influence that he had over players at such a young age was so relevant from the start. Beltre made his debut at just 19 years of age and was immediately well-respected around the clubhouse way back in 1998.
Make sure to check out the full interview as we chat with Gagné about Tommy Lasorda, losing his saves streak, winning a World Series with Boston, and all things Dodgers.
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