Dodgers fans never really full embraced AJ Pollock in 2019. His struggles in the first half of the year combined with injuries had fans wondering why the team would commit $60 million to him. That got even worse once the playoffs came around and he couldn’t touch the ball.
But ever since AJ and his wife Kate gave birth to their daughter Maddi, fans have been glued to news headlines waiting for updates. Maddi Mae was born prematurely and spent nearly four months in the NICU. Last week, they finally got to take her home. Ahead of the Dodgers’ game against Arizona on Thursday, Pollock talked with the media about what has changed in his game.
Maybe it just got me to say, ‘look, keep it simple.’ I’ve got a lot of other stuff going on, so when I’m at the field, all this other stuff I used to do, just put that aside. It’s like a pickup game of basketball. You go up there and compete. I feel pretty good up there. I feel like I can compete against the pitcher and put up some good at-bats.
Whatever he is doing and whatever motivation he is finding, it’s working. Pollock homered and doubled in his return to Arizona…