They do say New York City is one of the busiest and packed cities in the world. With the Los Angeles Dodgers recently completing a four-game series in the Big Apple, they got an up-close look at the hustle and bustle New York has to offer.
That particularly holds true for Scott Van Slyke, who experienced an unfortunate cab ride over the weekend. En route to Citi Field on Saturday, Van Slyke slammed his bead on the partition that separates the front and back seats of a taxi. According to ESPN’s Brian Heyman, Van Slyke believes the incident could’ve been avoided:
I feel like it shouldn’t have happened at all,” Van Slyke said. “He kind of just stopped quickly. There was a car in front of us, but he had more time to ease into it.”
Van Slyke complained of whiplash and pain in his neck, which rendered him unavailable for Saturday’s game. He provided additional details ahead of Sunday’s four-game finale:
I could barely turn my neck last night,” Van Slyke said. “It’s much better today [Sunday], but it’s still pretty stiff. I’m going to try to get as loose as I can and try to hold off my swing until I need to.”
Van Slyke entered Sunday’s game in left field as part of a double switch in the bottom of the ninth inning. He came to the plate in the 10th inning and dropped down a sacrifice bunt to advance Jimmy Rollins, representing the go-ahead run, to third base with one out.
Unfortunately, Rollins was stranded and the Dodgers went on to lose in the bottom of the 10th. On the season Van Slyke is batting .254/.340/.426 with four home runs and 18 RBIs in 55 games.