Alex Wood could be described by his college alma mater’s mascot, a former teammate of his said.
“He’s a bulldog,” Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman said. “He went to Georgia and that’s their mascot. He is 100% that.”
Call a pitcher a bulldog and it’s a compliment. Call a pitcher a bulldog in Los Angeles and it’s something else entirely, of course. You’re comparing him to one of the city’s greatest sporting heroes, whether you intend to or not.
Wood’s performance Friday night in the Dodgers’ 12-3 defeat to the Atlanta Braves didn’t elicit any memories of the original Bulldog, Orel Hershiser. The All-Star left-hander was taken apart by his former team, who...