Dodgers evaluate Angels’ pesky Rally Monkey

There are clearly differing opinions of the Angels’ Rally Monkey
at Dodgers camp.

Slugger Matt Kemp? Scared of it. Manager Don Mattingly? Finds it
funny.

The spunky monkey became a hot topic Tuesday at Camelback Ranch
after the Dodgers’ first day of full-squad workouts in the
desert.

”I kind of like the Rally Monkey, I do. It’s funny,” said
Mattingly, beginning his second season as manager in Los Angeles.
”I try and tell guys, `You guys should like the Rally Monkey
because when the Rally Monkey comes out, then you’ve got a lead.’
I’d rather have a lead than be behind. I like the Rally Monkey.
Think about it. When you see the Rally Monkey, you’re usually
ahead. I like it when he comes out.”

Mattingly discussed the Angels before and after practice,
reminding everybody the Dodgers are L.A.’s true team.

”If you’re in L.A., do you drive down to Anaheim to watch
games?” Mattingly said. ”(Owner Arte) Moreno’s done a great job.
It’s an unbelievable change from when I first started going out
there when I was in New York.”

Mattingly’s Dodgers had better get used to more of the pesky,
jumping monkey bouncing around the video board. As usual, the
Dodgers and Angels play six games during interleague play this
season, three in Anaheim.

””I don’t like the Rally Monkey. I’m scared of the Rally
Monkey,” Kemp said. ”You’re out there in the outfield and the
monkey just pops up on the screen, that’s kind of scary.”