Dodgers don't seem all that concerned about 0-2 hole
LOS ANGELES -- Through the din of a clubhouse teeming with activity, struggling Los Angeles outfielder Matt Kemp on Saturday afternoon cautiously walked to his locker with slumped shoulders and a saddened demeanor.Over two games in the National League Championship Series, both Dodgers losses against the Philadelphia Phillies, Kemp has managed one hit, two strikeouts and a misplay in the outfield. "I knew it was going to be a bad day for Kemp," Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier remarked as Kemp stood quietly near his locker. It was then when reserve infielder Delwyn Young used his pinky and forefinger to make a horn sign in Kemp's direction, then ran over to the clubhouse computer and began to loudly play the University of Texas fight song. Kemp, a devoted University of Oklahoma fan who had seen his football team lose against Texas on Saturday, assuredly costing the Sooners their No. 1 ranking, started smiling and then said, "The refs made a lot of bad calls in that game." A group in the corner of the Dodgers' clubhouse began cackling because it was a college football game, not his slump, that had put Kemp in a bad mood.
Two of the Dodgers' most important hitters (Kemp and Rafael Furcal) are a combined 2-for-16. Los Angeles has neutralized Philadelphia slugger Ryan Howard and spark plug Jimmy Rollins (1-for-17 combined) and yet still lost the first two games.But when reporters entered the clubhouse before Saturday's workout, Ramirez was not fussing with a scouting report, but instead he was fumbling with a new set of red and blue batting gloves. "Why did they send me red ones?" Ramirez said to no one in particular. "Maybe they think I'm going back to Boston."