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Dodgers: Max Muncy Says Dodger Stadium ‘Fun To Hit At’ During LA Heat Wave

One of the things everyone loves about Los Angeles is the weather. Even on a hot summer day, it generally cools down to the mid-70s by about 7:10 pm, and there’s no better place to spend a beautiful summer night than Dodger Stadium.

This week, though, has not been a normal L.A. late-summer week. Southern California is experiencing a pretty significant heat wave, and the two night games against the Giants this week had game-time temperatures of 83 and 89 degrees. Wednesday’s series finale, scheduled for 1:10 pm months before anyone knew L.A. would feel like the Sahara in a parka, clocked a game-time temp of 99 degrees.

While the weather makes it hard on the fans in the stands, who often leave their sunny seats and congregate wherever they can find shade, it makes for a remarkably entertaining baseball game if you, as Greg Maddux famously said, “dig the longball.”

As Bill Plunkett writes in the Orange County Register, the longball hitters enjoy the heat quite a bit. Especially one like Max Muncy, who hit three home runs in the last two games of the series.

“Anyone that’s played here knows – night time when the weather cools off, it becomes a pretty difficult place to hit at,” Muncy said. “When the weather stays warm like this, it’s fun to hit here. With it being in triple digits the last few days, the ball was definitely flying.”

After hosting the actual Home Run Derby just two months ago, Dodger Stadium hosted another one this week, with the Dodgers and Giants combining to hit 16 home runs in the three-game series. There were 30 runs scored in the series, and 28 of them came via the homer, with the only exceptions being Joey Gallo’s RBI double on Monday and Trea Turner’s RBI double on Wednesday.

Maybe Andrew Heaney’s four-homer debacle on Monday had more to do with the weather than with Heaney. Probably not, but David Villar came into L.A. with one career homer and left with four, so we can hope.

In the end, Muncy got hot just in time to take advantage of L.A. getting hot.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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