With the Los Angeles Dodgers in the midst of a nine-game road trip that has taken them to St. Louis and Pittsburgh, it provided the opportunity for Scott Van Slyke to reminisce on family history.
The two stops the Dodgers have made thus far are cities Van Slyke’s father, Andy, played in during his 13 seasons in the Majors.
Despite playing in cities that his last name is attached to, Van Slyke said he doesn’t give it much thought, according to J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News Group:
I don’t really think about that much,” he said. “It’s pretty cool that I get to play where my dad played. But as far as my feeling and emotions, I don’t think about it during the game. I come to play baseball.”
Van Slyke expressed the change of ballpark-scenery from his youth and the era of baseball his father played in has led to a lack of nostalgia:
I don’t know if it translates to a feeling or a thought process when I come to the ballpark,” he said. “It’s just another ballpark. I think it would be a little bit different if it was Three Rivers Stadium. They’re different ballparks than what I grew up in. It’s a different time.”
Andy hit .274 with 164 home runs and 792 RBIs in his 13 seasons spent playing for the Pirates, Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies and Baltimore Orioles. In 1992, he led the National League in hits (199) and doubles (45), while making his second-career All-Star Game.
Scott hasn’t quite had the same impact his father did, but he’s been a valuable outfielder for the Dodgers, particularly against left-handed pitching. In 65 games this season, Scott is hitting .257 with nine home runs and 17 RBIs.
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