The Padres and Dodgers rivalry is going to be something to watch for years to come. San Diego has completely revamped their lineup and looks like they are around to compete for the long haul.
That competition boiled over a little bit in the first game of a big series between the two teams on Monday night. Trent Grisham took Clayton Kershaw deep in the bottom of the 6th inning and took his celebration to the net level. Unfortunately, the Dodgers dugout did not take too kindly to Grisham’s reaction.
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After the game, the Dodgers coaches and players talked about the homerun and celebration that followed. Clayton Kershaw downplayed the incident in his postgame press conference, telling media that he wasn’t worried about what they were doing in the other dugout. Manager Dave Roberts did take exception to it though.
I don’t mind guys admiring a homer; certainly it’s a big game, big hit. I really like (Grisham). But I just felt to overstay at home plate, against a guy like Clayton, who’s got the respect of everyone in the big leagues for what he’s done in this game, I just took exception to that. There’s a certain respect that you give a guy if you homer against him.
We’re all for “letting the kids play” and making the game fun. It’s never fun when it happens to your team, but it’s definitely good for baseball. The best thing the Dodgers can do at this point is come out and win the last two games of the series.
The Padres have cut the Dodgers lead in the NL West to just 1.5 games after a ridiculous hot streak. Los Angeles will need to win at least one of these games to maintain their lead.