Steve Sax has had the season of his life. The eager, likeable Rookie of the Year in 1982 has emerged as a self-confident Dodger team leader and one of baseball's best hitters. And Sax's home in Manhattan Beach says a lot about the person he has become since arriving in Los Angeles.
His World Series team trophy is on the coffee table in the living room. His National League Rookie of the Year plaque is in his office, along with the baseball he hit for his first grand-slam home run. But Sax is just as proud of photos of his parents, and of the artwork, furniture and color schemes he selected for the home. "After I put down the deposit on the house, I drove by it at night," he says. "I wanted to see it again. The house was locked, so I came in through a window. I had visions of what I wanted to put here and there. I knew what colors I wanted--the blues and the beiges.
"Seeing this house now, I feel like it's done the way I wanted."
After home games, the Dodgers' second baseman often relaxes in the family room, watching ESPN, a cable sports network, for hours.