Luis Cruz didn’t understand the magnitude of what he had accomplished until he returned to his off-season home in Sinaloa, Mexico.
“You don’t realize that when you’re playing every day,” Cruz said.
Upon returning home, Cruz was honored by the mayor of his hometown.
He later watched videos of his games with the Dodgers and was reminded how the fans at Dodger Stadium used to say, “Cruuuuuuz,” in unison whenever he stepped to the plate.
“It’s unbelievable,” Cruz said. “I always say it’s like a dream. I want to keep dreaming next year.”
An overachiever on a Dodgers team that underachieved last season, Cruz said he is determined to show that what he did in his three-month stint in the major leagues was no fluke. In 78 games with the Dodgers, the career minor leaguer batted .297 with six home runs and 40 runs batted in.
Manager Don Mattingly said last week that Cruz would get the first crack to become the team’s starting third baseman. Cruz said his goal is to win the job.