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October 8, 1988 | SAM McMANIS, Times Staff Writer
Long before Game 3 of the National League championship series between the Dodgers and the New York Mets was postponed by rain Friday night, Dodger pitcher Orel Hershiser had sense enough to return to the comfort of his hotel room. Whether it was Game 3 or 4, Hershiser was scheduled to pitch today at 9:20 a.m., PDT, anyway, so he was spared the monotony of waiting out the storm with the rest of his teammates. "If we had played," Manager Tom Lasorda said, "it would have been a long night.
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October 8, 1988 | SAM McMANIS, Times Staff Writer
The summit at Shea Stadium took place in a corridor outside the Dodger clubhouse early Friday night. It was not the most private of spots, but then, this had not been a private feud. David Cone, the New York Mets pitcher and erstwhile newspaper columnist whose derogatory statements about Dodger pitchers Orel Hershiser and Jay Howell after Game 1 of the National League championship series caused such a fuss, approached Howell to apologize for what he had written.
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October 6, 1988 | GORDON EDES, Times Staff Writer
David Cone, the Met pitcher and aspiring sportswriter, may never win a Pulitzer Prize, but he has already found his audience. Cone is writing a guest column for the New York Daily News, and a copy of his latest effort was posted in the Dodger clubhouse Wednesday afternoon. Did the Dodgers like his sparkling syntax? His clever metaphors and snappy one-liners? No. They hated his comments about Dodger pitchers Orel Hershiser and Jay Howell in the wake of the Mets' 3-2 win in Game 1.
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October 6, 1988 | ROSS NEWHAN, Times Staff Writer
Tim Belcher calmly removed a bat from the rack in the corner of the Dodger dugout, slammed it against the dugout steps, then flung it under the bench. At that moment in the ninth inning of Game 2 of the National League's championship series Wednesday night, Belcher wasn't thinking about the David Cone column that had so enraged and ignited the Dodgers. He was only angry, frustrated and disappointed with himself.
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October 6, 1988 | Jim Murray
In Game 1 of the National League playoff series, Kevin McReynolds was forced to do something he hates more than anything else in the world to do--call attention to himself. He had no choice. There was Mike Scioscia, the Dodger catcher, as usual, blocking the plate without the ball. McReynolds knew he had to knock him down, bowl him over. You see, McReynolds was carrying, as usual, the winning run plateward. Compassion for catcher Scioscia? Reluctance to bruise a fellow player? Hardly.
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October 4, 1988 | BILL PLASCHKE, Times Staff Writer
A pitch has yet to be thrown and already the Dodgers lead the New York Mets in something--long faces. Amid the first-day festivities of the National League Championship Series Monday came injury-related news that effectively separated the Dodgers from their good moods. Pitcher Fernando Valenzuela (shoulder) has been scratched from the postseason roster, pitcher John Tudor (hip) has been moved back in the rotation, and shortstop Dave Anderson (back) has been replaced by Mike Sharperson.
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October 4, 1988 | ROSS NEWHAN, Times Staff Writer
Darryl Strawberry's mind is clear. He wants to beat the Dodgers, then join them. The New York Mets right fielder and most valuable player candidate said it is his long-range goal to join the Dodgers as a free agent after the 1990 season, when his close friend, Cincinnati Reds center fielder Eric Davis, also will become a free agent. The proposition, Strawberry feels, is one the Dodgers can't refuse. "Think about the excitement and magic," he said.
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October 7, 1988 | ROSS NEWHAN, Times Staff Writer
In the battle of athletes-turned-authors, David Cone took a conciliatory stance in his as-told-to column in Thursday's New York Daily News, but Wally Backman, collaborating on a similar column in the New York Post, might have picked up the slack, providing the Dodgers with some more motivational fodder. The headline on Backman's column read: "We've got 'em where we want 'em--at Shea."
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October 3, 1988 | ROSS NEWHAN
Although the Dodgers lost 10 of 11 regular-season games with the New York Mets, the San Francisco Giants won 8 of 12 from the Mets. How does Giant Manager Roger Craig see the National League Championship Series between the Mets and Dodgers? "I kind of have to pick the Mets, but I think if Orel Hershiser wins the first game (for the Dodgers), it could turn the series around," Craig said during the Giants' weekend series at Dodger Stadium.
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October 9, 1988 | ROSS NEWHAN, Times Staff Writer
The New York Mets had harbored suspicions about Jay Howell's use of an illegal substance on the mound since Game 1 of the National League championship series at Dodger Stadium. The confirmation that Howell had pine tar on his glove, and his ejection in the pivotal eighth inning of New York's 8-4 victory over the Dodgers in Game 3 Saturday, provided an emotional lift, the Mets acknowledged later.
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