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Dodgers complain about cold weather in Boston because they can't handle it

John Tomase
October 25, 2018 - 2:50 am
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No baseball player likes the cold, but you’d think they could find a way to live with it in the World Series.

Well, think again, because meet the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Doing nothing to dispel the stereotypes of East Coast grit vs. West Coast glitz, multiple Dodgers complained about the Boston weather before and after dropping Game 2 of the World Series on a raw fall night.

It was 47 degrees at first pitch and in the 30s by the time fans cleared the ballpark, and one after another, Dodgers players cited the chill when discussing their 4-2 loss, which sends the series to L.A. with the Red Sox up 2-0.

“Just go back home, warm up a little bit, thaw out, and hopefully have our bats thaw out as well,” said reliever Ryan Madson, who coughed up a 2-1 lead by allowing three inherited runners to score in the fifth, the last two on a single by J.D. Martinez. “(The cold) definitely makes it tougher, but everybody else deals with it just the same.”

That last point seemed lost on the Dodgers, who acted as if they were forced to play at a lower temperature than Boston.

“Once you get away from the heater, it’s already getting in on you, it’s getting cold,” Madson said before adding a perfunctory, “but like I said, everyone else is pitching in the same thing.”

Madson wasn’t alone. Here’s outfielder Cody Bellinger on the series shifting back to Dodger Stadium: “It’ll be more comfortable, it’ll be warmer, and hopefully our bats will get hot, too.”

Here’s Bellinger on staying warm: “It’s cold, but I don’t think it has that much effect,” he said. “We’ve got heaters in the dugout, hand warmers in our pockets, I don’t think it makes that much of a difference.”

The Dodgers didn’t play a single regular season game with a starting temperature below 58 degrees this year, so it’s easy to understand their shock on Wednesday.

“This is the first time we’ve played in obviously weather like this — San Francisco a little bit, but nothing like this,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said before the game. “So it’s an adjustment, and that’s part of the home-field advantage and especially being in the bullpen, where you have a little heater, but still have to kind of get hot and stay hot. It’s more of a challenge.”

Aptly named veteran David Freese represented the exception.

“I like this weather,” he said. “We’re men. Come on. We’re fine.”

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