No longer will the Dodgers and their fans have to hear about the ‘88 team. No longer will they endure the “There’s always next year” memes. The Dodgers have finally done it. They have won their first World Series title in 32 years. Looking at the teams the Dodgers have had over the last 32 years it seems improbable. Clayton Kershaw finally has a ring.
The entire World Series has been an unforgettable one. We witnessed a rookie, Randy Arozarena, smash through records. Kershaw was his old self, throwing nasty breaking pitches with perfectly located fastballs. Mookie Betts caught line drives like a wide receiver chasing down a Hail Mary. Blake Snell was in his Cy Young form. Unbelievable that they pulled him after that first hit in the 6th inning with only 78 pitches on the night. That seemed to be the breaking point for the Dodgers.
Once Snell was pulled, and boy was he upset about it, the Dodgers buckled down and dug in against Rays pitcher Nick Anderson. Mookie doubled down the left-field line which moved Austin Barnes to third. Anderson then threw a wild pitch that allowed Barnes to score, followed with a fielder’s choice off the bat of Corey Seager that allowed Mookie to score easily. Dodgers took the lead 2-1.
The Dodgers bullpen then turned up the heat and slammed the door on the Rays bats. Tampa couldn’t find any traction. By the bottom of the 8th, there was a sense that something could transpire. If Tampa could put up a zero and get back in to hit there was still hope. But all hope sailed away when Mookie Betts hit a leadoff home run to make the score 3-1 and completely take all the wind out of the Tampa Bay Rays sails. Julio Urias, who has already pitched amazingly this postseason, came back out to close the game and did it in style striking out the final two batters looking.
Corey Seager was awarded the Willie Mays MVP Award for his outstanding play. He batted .400 with 2 home runs, 5 rbi, and a 1.256 ops. To say he was locked in would be an understatement. After the past few years battling injuries, to watch him play healthy was a thing of beauty. The only negative note for the Dodgers tonight would be that Justin Turner was pulled late in the game due to a positive Covid-19 test. Let’s all keep him and his family in our minds for a quick recovery.
The Dodgers are your 2020 World Series Champions. It has been a long time coming and frankly, it has been long overdue. They have repeatedly been the best NL team in baseball. I’m guessing, although still tough, this year’s postseason was much easier without the opposing team cheating and having an unfair advantage. Congrats Los Angeles…This one is for Kobe.