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'Hyper-focused' Dave Roberts shrugs off first spring game

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dave Roberts treated his first spring game as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers with the nonchalance of a seasoned veteran.

He didn’t want the scorecard Thursday, didn’t keep a blade of grass as a memento and most definitely wasn’t about to Instagram the occasion.

Roberts simply went out beforehand to share two fist bumps and a hug with former teammate and Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura, then guided his Clayton Kershaw-led club to an easy 6-1 victory in the Cactus League opener for both teams.

He must have at least taken a breath, deep through the nostrils, to recognize the moment, right?

“I probably should have taken it in a little more, but I realize I have a job to do,” Roberts said, almost apologetically. “I’m just really hyper-focused on doing my job. But I probably should have taken a little time to enjoy the moment.”

Besides, it’s that scorecard from that April 4 game at San Diego that Roberts will want to hang onto, not the one from the spring game that attracted a light crowd of 5,920.

“You know what, I try to stay in the moment and not get out of the moment too often,” Roberts said.