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True Blue LA podcast episode 2116: The good, the bad, the ugly, and the tight pants

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Dodgers had a real rollercoaster ride

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We look back at a rollercoaster week for the Dodgers, who from Wednesday to Tuesday ran the gamut with another extra-inning loss, a blowout loss, a blowout win that became close, a garden variety no-offense loss, and a stunning comeback win that everyone tried to cling to as potentially getting the season back on track.

The home run by Gavin Lux on Wednesday was good for Lux personally, and cathartic for a team that was desperate for the big hit for three weeks running. It also featured a fantastic call by Joe Davis on SportsNet LA, and a fun postgame story with Lux wearing Walker Buehler’s tight pants. It turns out after a raucous win is the proper time and place to ask about tight pants, and not after an NLCS loss.

Also on this episode, a shocking amount of triples trivia, and Dodger Stadium food talk.

Please send any questions by email to tblapodcast@gmail.com, or tweet us at @ericstephen or @jacobburch. We couldn’t bring this to you without the tireless efforts of producer extraordinaire Brian Salvatore.

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Speaking of triples, Wilton Guerrero hit nine triples for the Dodgers in 1997, his first full major league season, including six at home, tied for the second-most ever in a season at Dodger Stadium. Chris Taylor, who hit four triples at home in both 2018 and 2019, already has three triples at Chavez Ravine in the early going in 2021.

Guerrero had the misfortune of being compared to Vladimir Guerrero, a Hall of Famer, and fit the bill of a run of several times the Dodgers got the other brother. Guerrero also suffered shame for using a corked bat in that first full season, getting suspended eight games, but also lasted in the majors for eight seasons.

Guerrero played for the Dodgers in parts of three years, until getting traded in a rather large deal at the 1998 trade deadline, along with Ted Lilly and Peter Bergeron, to the Expos for Mark Grudzielanek, Carlos Perez, and Hiram Bocachica, a perfectly 1990s trade. Guerrero also later returned to the organization as a scout in the Dominican Republic.

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