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Archive for Saturday, May 25, 2002

Green relishes great feat

Four-homer day special for Dodger

May 25, 2002

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— Shawn Green hated to leave Milwaukee after homering six times and hitting a game-winning triple in three games.

"I've only played six games here, but I've had success. It's a good background, the ball jumps. It's a good combination," the Los Angeles slugger said.

He set a major league record with 19 total bases Thursday, when he hit a record-tying four homers, a double and a single in six at-bats during a 16-3 victory over Milwaukee.

Although Dodgers fans have booed him all year, Milwaukee fans made him feel good Thursday.

"This is the first time in a road game that I've gotten an ovation like that. It feels great. It seems like I've been in Milwaukee more times than any other place," said Green, who hit his first major league homer here in 1995.

"I have a lot of good memories here. This place has a lot of meaning for me, and now it's even more."

But because of baseball's unbalanced schedule, Green won't be back in Milwaukee this year unless he gets back for the All-Star game at Miller Park on July 9.

At least, he'll see Brewers pitching again. Green, who homered five times in 21 at-bats against Milwaukee last season, will get to face the Brewers at Dodger Stadium next week. The teams play just six times this year, all in a span of nine days.

Green knows he was fortunate to face the Brewers on his big day they didn't retaliate by plunking him or pitching around him after he doubled and homered off Glendon Rusch and hit two more solo shots off Brian Mallette.

Jose Cabrera didn't even brush him back in the ninth before he sent a 1-1 fastball 450 feet to right field.

"I respect the fact that they went after me and gave me something to hit," Green said. "That's a classy team to do that. I thought either I'd get drilled or they'd go after me. They went after me."

Green said he wouldn't have blamed the Brewers for not giving him the chance.

"At that point, if I'd gotten drilled, I'd still be the happiest guy in Milwaukee."

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