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Dave Roberts stays optimistic but it’s quite a tough chore these days

Dave Roberts stays optimistic but it’s quite a tough chore these days

Dave Roberts is on first base again. It’s that October night in Boston again. A bold sprint into the abyss is required again.

Fourteen years ago, with the New York Yankees three outs from sweeping a series and heading to the World Series, Roberts famously stole second base for the Red Sox and started the greatest comeback in baseball history.

He’s in that same place now, his Dodgers stuck in one of the worst starts in Los Angeles history, their bats inexplicably slowed, their rotation unsurprisingly depleted, a blind and blazing faith needed to steal their season back.

Just remember one thing about the manager.

“He’s still that guy that stole that base,” reliever...

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