The pressure has not gotten to Andre Ethier yet. Even before he extended his hitting streak to 30 games with a single in the first inning against the Mets Friday night, the Dodgers rightfielder said, "I haven't lost a wink of sleep over it. I don't think about it when my head hits the pillow."
Funny thing is, for most players, the only time they have a run like Ethier's is in their dreams. "What he is doing is amazing. I've never seen anything like it," teammate Rod Barajas said.
Ethier -- who went 3-for-5 with three singles -- ripped Jonathon Niese's 3-and-0 pitch to centerfield, bringing him within one of Willie Davis' franchise record, set in 1969. With his single Friday night, he moved out of a tie with Zack Wheat, who did it in 1916 for the Brooklyn Robins. Ethier said he never heard of Wheat, adding, "I thought he was a minor leaguer we had."
That was part of his breezy mood in front of a thick media throng before the game: "I enjoy it. I enjoy being part of it. I'm not going to sit here and let it eat me up or do anything like that."
Ethier was held out of the previous game because of a sore elbow. The streak still is official, but purists note that Joe DiMaggio never missed a game during his record 56-game streak 70 years ago.