Friday night's showcase between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs was notable for one reason: it was Cody Bellinger's return to Dodger Stadium after the team non-tendered him in the offseason.
Bellinger was showered with applause from Dodgers fans both before the game and in his first at-bat. Even though he is now in Chicago, it became clear on Friday night that Bellinger will always have a special place in the hearts of Dodgers fans.
While Bellinger rightfully stole the spotlight, he was not the only former Dodger that had a homecoming on Friday night. Edwin Rios also made his first return to Chavez Ravine and was even penciled into the Cubs starting lineup for only the fourth time this season.
Rios understandably did not get the kind of ovation that Bellinger did — he hardly got an ovation at all. The same fanbase that showered Bellinger in applause multiple times gave Rios the most pty-filled small round of applause you will ever hear.
Edwin Rios gets overshadowed by Cody Bellinger and forgotten about by Dodgers fans
Edwin Rios was never more than a fringe bench bat for the Dodgers but it is still pretty sad to see his return get so drowned out by Bellinger's return. This is the team that gave Rios a chance at professional baseball and the fans cheered less than they cheer for the start of the wave in the sixth inning.
The Dodgers social media team also reflected the vast difference between Bellinger returning to LA and Rios returning to LA. Multiple posts were dedicated solely to Bellinger while a picture of Rios with Clayton Kershaw got lumped into yet another photo of Bellinger.
It is clear that Bellinger is always going to go down as a Dodgers legend and will likely be remembered most for his time in LA. That is obviously not the case for Rios, who is now looking to carve out a legacy after his time in Dodger blue.