This weekend's home series vs the Chicago Cubs was a lot more meaningful for the Los Angeles Dodgers than a typical weekend series in April. It represented the return of 2019 NL MVP Cody Bellinger after the team decided to non-tender him this past winter.
Bellinger was met with thunderous applause in his return to Chavez Ravine after the team put together an emotional tribute package to play for the fans in attendance. Regardless of what happens for the rest of Bellinger's career, he will always have a place in Dodgers fans' hearts.
That being said, the cheers quickly turned to boos in Bellinger's second game against his former team. The one-time Gold Glove winner robbed Jason Heyward of a two-run home run on Saturday and opened the floodgates to get booed for the rest of the game by Dodgers fans.
Bellinger got his revenge the following day against Julio Urias. One pitch after Patrick Wisdom took Urias deep, Bellinger followed up with an absolute moonshot to right field that chased Urias out of the game. The home run was not enough for Bellinger, who definitely made it a point to take his time around the bases and cherish the moment.
Just about three full seconds slower than his home run trot from last season. You can definitely tell by how Bellinger rounded the bases that he was soaking in the moment and perhaps trolling his former fans in the process.
Cody Bellinger caps off a great weekend vs Dodgers with his slow home run trot
It might not have been 2019 Cody Bellinger-levels of play but this definitely was the best weekend that Bellinger has had all season for Chicago. His imprint was on every single game between the two teams both on the field and at the plate.
Bellinger is hoping to turn this strong weekend into a strong bounce-back season for the Cubs. If he can manage to do that then he will raise his value exceptionally on the free-agent market this upcoming winter. After all, he is a former MVP that is only 27 years old.
The Cubs' upcoming schedule is geared for Bellinger to continue this hot streak. Chicago is on the road to take on the Oakland Athletics, a team that Bellinger has hit .357 against in his career. After that, he will reunite with his former teammates once again as the Dodgers will be in town next weekend for a series at Wrigley Field.
If Bellinger hits another homer against his former team then he might trot even slower in front of his new home fans. Hopefully, LA doesn't give him a chance to do such a thing.