BACK FROM THE BRINK
The manager's job was reportedly in jeopardy when the Dodgers struggled early in the season. Now L.A., which won 15 straight road games from July 7 to Aug. 6, has a comfortable lead in the NL West, and the skipper isn't going anywhere
Is it easier doing interviews now than it was earlier in the season?
DON MATTINGLY: [Laughs.] I don't feel quite as dumb. [I've made] the same decisions—especially out of the bullpen. When they get their outs, you look like you know what you're doing. If they're not getting their outs, every move you make looks [bad].
How good is your Spanish?
DM: It doesn't have to be that good. There are so many guys in the clubhouse that speak Spanish [and English]. I can understand a little bit, but when they get going [and start speaking] fast, you can't keep up.
I saw Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig jawing at each other pretty good the other night.
DM: If you're not around the locker room enough, you can't tell [what's going on]. These guys can be best friends yet they're talking like they're getting ready to fight. Guys get on each other. That's what happens when you win. The chemistry turns into something so good. If you're not within the group, you don't understand it.
What's the one thing Puig has done that has impressed you the most?