Matt Kemp finally collected a couple of spring hits, Clayton Kershaw did not allow an earned run in five innings, Tony Gwynn Jr. crashed into the center-field wall to make a wonderful catch -- and none of it could take the spotlight away from sluggin' Juan Uribe.
Uribe is what normally would be called a “beleaguered” player, except most of his struggles were borne from simple failure. In his two seasons as a Dodger, Uribe has batted .199 with .262 on-base and .289 slugging percentages.
Now he’s fighting for his career, trying to reinvent himself as something of a utility player who can also back up first base.
He gave the first positive momentum to his campaign this spring on a sunny Sunday when he slugged a three-run homer in the Dodgers’ 6-1 victory over the Rockies in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Uribe, playing first, also started a pair of double plays.
If you’re still into him for $8 million like the Dodgers are, you’ll gladly take a little spring encouragement wherever it can be found.