The Dodgers are the 2020 World Series champions.
For many fans, feelings of both joy and relief may take a while to sink in. Joy because there’s not a team more deserving. Relief because the 32-year-old curse has finally been lifted.
Whatever the case may be, you can bet the players are looking forward to a few weeks when they can finally unwind, relax, and revel in their fantastic accomplishment. In the blink of an eye, many will start conducting their respective offseason business, whether it be pursuing a new contract with a new team or starting a rigorous offseason training plan.
Right now, there’s so much to talk about—so many thoughts regarding the upcoming 2021 season and whether this might be the start of a bigger run for the Dodgers. It’s probably important for all those close to the team to embrace the moment and the revelry of the World Championship, as it’s one of those things some people might take for granted—sort of like watching future Hall of Famer Clayton Kershaw compete for 13 years without truly appreciating the fact that he’s the best pitcher of his generation.
Anyway, one of the big stories that broke after the game was how infielder Justin Turner was pulled from Game 6 early without any initial explanation. Turner’s COVID-19 test on Monday came back inconclusive, which led to another test on Tuesday that resulted in a positive reading. Why it took so long into the evening to get the ball rolling on an action plan is anybody’s guess. Furthermore, one can only imagine what might have happened if the news would have broken before the game began—like a potential postponement or even a player quarantine.
Regardless, Turner appeared to be asymptomatic and in good spirits after the game. At first, he was absent from the postgame festivities, but he eventually joined his teammates on the field to celebrate the championship. Currently, there have not been any other reports of players being infected.
“Thanks to everyone reaching out!” Turner said through his Twitter account after the game. “I feel great, no symptoms at all. Just experienced every emotion you can possibly imagine. Can’t believe I couldn’t be out there to celebrate with my guys! So proud of this team and unbelievably happy for the City of Los Angeles.”
At the end of the night, Corey Seager walked away with the Most Valuable Player trophy. In the back of my own mind, I wouldn’t have been disappointed to see Julio Urias earn the award, but as far as consistency and the volume of contributions go, there was nobody more deserving than Seager.
The 26-year-old native of Charlotte became just the eighth player in MLB history to be named the MVP of the World Series and a League Championship Series in the same year. In the World Series, he went 8-for-20 with seven runs scored, six walks, two long balls, five RBI and a stolen base. In the NLCS, he went 9-for-29 with eight runs scored, two doubles, five homers and 11 RBI.
“It’s absolutely phenomenal,” Seager said about his team’s accomplishment in the postgame. “This team was incredible all throughout the year, all throughout the postseason, all throughout the quarantine. We never stopped. We were ready to go as soon as the bell sounded. And once it did, we kept rolling.”
Already, there is a certain group of people who are labelling the 2020 campaign as an otherwise disparate season, particularly because of the effects that the coronavirus had on the shortened, 60-game campaign. However, in the greater scope of things, this abbreviated year was perhaps more challenging than the normal 162-game season, specifically in the playoffs. There was less time to prepare in the second round of spring training; there were more teams competing in the postseason; and off days in the wild card rounds, league division series and the league championship series were non-existent, leading to quite a few unorthodox in-game strategies by coaches and managers.
Besides, if there were to be any use of an asterisk in the World Series record books, there should be one placed beside the name of the team who undeservedly earned the title in the 2017 World Series debacle.
In the meantime, the Dodgers issued a statement on Wednesday morning saying that the city plans to hold some sort of celebration at a later date.
“This season was everything we believed it could be. It was just missing one thing: The best fans in baseball. While the wait for a World Championship is finally over, a celebration worthy of our great fans and the City of Los Angeles will unfortunately have to wait until it is safe to do so. We can’t wait to celebrate together!”
Please be sure to check back with us over the course of the offseason, as we’ll continue to provide daily coverage, thoughts, and insights surrounding the team and its minor league affiliates.
Certainly, there will be plenty to talk about.