Dodgers win the world series after 32 years but with a tainted celebration

  • October 29, 2020
Dodger fans celebrating their team’s victory! [PC: Creative Commons]

After a drought of 32 years, the Dodgers brought home their 7th World Series title on Tuesday, October 27th. Achieved through blood, sweat, and tears, the Dodgers celebrated their victory against Tampa Bay, 3-1, in Game 6 of the World Series at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. 

The Dodgers had to overcome player injuries and the cheating scandal from the Houston Astros that caused the Dodgers to lose the World Series back in 2017. It was looking so hopeless for the Dodgers that even they were getting worried after they had spent so much money to build a stacked roster – in the past eight years they have spent nearly $2 billion on player salaries. However, in the end, the LA Dodgers came out on top, and from the looks of it, they’ll be dominating for a long time.

The MVP, Corey Seager, told the New York Times, “To know what it feels like to lose, and be able to rebuild and come back and rebuild and stay focused, it’s special.” 

The victory was sweet poetic justice to all of the fans who experienced the pain and pleasures alongside the Dodgers, bringing immense pride and unity to the Dodger community. 

Although the Dodgers win was positive, it meant bad news with regard to COVID because many fans met up and celebrated for several days, not following social-distancing guidelines. In an additional bit of bad luck (and bad judgment), Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner had been removed from the game before the top of the eighth due to a positive COVID test result that came while the game was being played.. There was some controversy that surrounded this news because some argued that the tests should have come back before the game, not allowing Justin to influence Game 6 at all.

No matter where people stand on this controversy, the majority agree that Justin Turner tainted the Dodger celebration due to his attendance and refusal to get off of the field during photoshoots and interviews. His selfishness can be seen as he risked the lives of his teammates and their families because he wanted to be on the field during the celebration, possibly spreading COVID to people around him. It was unfortunate for Turner to catch such a horrible disease, but it was unacceptable for him to be around others without wearing a mask. 

Despite Dodgers tainted celebration, they are now the 2020 World Series Champions. Here’s a quick recap of what happened in game 6. 

In the first inning, Tampa Bay’s superstar, Randy Arozarena, smashed an 89 MPH pitch from Dodgers starter pitcher Tony Gonsolin, giving Tampa bay a 1-0 lead for the next 5 innings until the Dodgers came back in the 6th.

In the 6th inning, Tampa Bay star pitcher Blake Snell left the game, allowing the Dodgers to score some points. The Tampa Bays put in Nick Anderson,one of the best relievers in baseball during the regular season, and the Dodgers scored a double, courtesy of Mookie Betts. The score was now 2-1, Dodgers in the lead.

In the 8th inning, Tampa Bay reliever Pete Fairbanks gave up a home run to Mookie Betts, giving the Dodgers a 3-1 lead, sealing their victory when the Bays were unable to score in the 9th inning. 

Here are some thoughts on the Dodgers victory from the LCHS community:

Miguel Talleda (12) said, “After 8 division titles the dodgers have finally won. I am ecstatic that they won. Kershaw and Jansen finally got their rings after 8 seasons. It feels right that they both got it; they are both fantastic pitchers.”

Jack Kim (11) stated, “It’s crazy to think that this city hasn’t lifted a trophy in more than thirty years, and It’s great to see them finally bring it all home for LA. This win is so special for these guys, but even more so for the vets that worked so hard for this; they all deserve this. This was obviously much needed for our city, especially after Kobe’s passing. I think it’s safe to say that he’s smirking down on us, nodding his head in approval. Job’s done.”

Information comes from The New York Times, CBS Sports, and Yahoo Sports

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