Dodgers' Cody Bellinger learned to love baseball at the Little League World Series

Los Angeles Times

Grown Cody Bellinger rounds the bases the same way kid Cody Bellinger did. His strut is confident, his face stoic. For almost as long as he's been playing baseball, he's expected excellence. He has experienced a lot of it too. These days, Bellinger is the heartbeat of the best team in baseball, streaking toward a potential MVP award in just his third MLB season. He makes his exploits look so easy, so effortless. At just 23 years old, the Dodgers slugger has reached a pinnacle of his profession. And yet, part of him longs for the good old days. Even now, he gets nostalgic. He cherishes the moments that made him fall in love with the game. “Back in the day,” he said, “you're just playing for fun.”

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