Juan Uribe hits 3 home runs and joins semi-exclusive club

Harry How

Before we start talking about the Dodgers being a TEAM OF DESTINY, in the wake of Juan Uribe's three-homer Monday, let us first remember that Freddie Patek once hit three home runs in one game. So did Jose Ortiz, Jeff Treadway, and knuckleball pitcher Jim Tobin. On the list of unlikely three-homer guys, Uribe's in the conversation but not particularly close to the top. Actually, he's probably not even in the conversation, considering he's hit at least 20 homers in four different seasons and now has 167 career bombs.

Also, those were some pretty fat pitches Monday night:

The other thing worth remembering ... When this season began, Juan Uribe was on the Dodgers' bench. When the season began, management believed Luis Cruz was the best third baseman on the roster, and so Uribe started just six of the club's first 20 games. Well into the spring, Nick Punto and Jerry Hairston saw plenty of action at third base, too. It really wasn't until late June that Uribe took over as the more-or-less every-day third baseman.

Which has, like most things, worked out well for the Dodgers.

But not all things. It's also worth remembering that when the season began, the Dodgers were relying on Matt Kemp, Chris Capuano, and Brandon League for key performances. All three have been essentially worthless, and yet it's not kept the Dodgers from the third-best record in the majors.

It's a difficult thing to figure sometimes.

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