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Dodgers' Dave Roberts knows fate's fickle ways

LOS ANGELES - One day in September, amid one of the worst stretches of baseball in Dodgers history, manager Dave Roberts strolled into the dugout at Dodger Stadium for his pregame news conference.

Standing nearby was first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, an injured veteran pretending to be a reporter. Roberts smiled as Gonzalez pitched a question.

"Are you the best manager in the world?" Gonzalez said. "Or the worst manager in the world?"

Roberts heard only the first part. His answer explained how fast the pendulum of public opinion can swing.

"I was about 10 days ago!" Roberts cracked.

The joke by Gonzalez represents a microcosm of the challenges that face Roberts and the Dodgers as they

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