Aug. 1, 1999
Dodgers 4, Diamondbacks 2
Going 2 for 4 with two singles and no RBIs shouldn't be considered a big deal for a hitter of Raul Mondesi's caliber, but, hey, it had been a trying few days for L.A.'s rightfielder. Manager Davey Johnson didn't start him last Saturday because Mondesi was "upset" that his name had surfaced in trade rumors. Mondesi, who will make $8.5 million this year but had only four homers in his last 55 games and had seen his average plummet to .245, then learned that he had been ripped by former L.A. manager Tommy Lasorda. "When was the last time you saw Mondy get a base hit to rightfield?" Lasorda asked in the Los Angeles Times.
Mondesi responded by stroking both hits to the right side on Sunday and showed a modicum of maturity after the game. "I don't have anything to say about Lasorda or anything else," he said.