In an unforeseen turn of events through the COVID-19 Pandemic, the MLB season has finally wrapped up, as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays, capturing their first World Series victory since 1988.
This championship drought has been a long time coming for the Los Angeles fan base, as the club endured a few heart-breaking losses over the past few seasons.
The World Series was held at Globe Life Park, in Arlington, Texas, due to COVID-19 restrictions set by Major League Baseball.
In this exciting matchup, the Dodger lineup couldn’t be stopped. Dodger manager Dave Roberts was ecstatic and emotional following the Game 6 victory. He said, “We said it. This is our year. Everyone in this ballpark wearing Dodger blue, everyone all over the world wearing Dodger blue, never wavered. This is our year.”
Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager took the hardware home for Most Valuable Player, an award many dream of accomplishing. In the World Series, Seager managed an impressive batting average of .400, with two home runs, and 5 Runs Batted In.
Seager adds another hardware to his collection, as the young star was also crowned National League rookie of the year back in 2016. “What this team’s accomplished this year, the resilience, the effort, the energy — everything that this team’s done this season, it’s just fun to be a part of,” said Seager after Game 6.
Tampa Bay had its own Corey Seager, as rookie sensation Randy Arozarena shined throughout the fall classic. In the postseason alone, Arozarena had a .358 batting average, 10 home runs, and 14 Runs Batted In. He know holds the single most home run record in postseason history.
The Dodgers were led by not only Seager, but a few familiar postseason players such as Mookie Betts, Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner, and star pitcher Clayton Kershaw. The eight time all star has accumulated 3 NL Cy Young awards, and finally an elusive World Series Championship.
The 2020 season has been a rollercoaster due to COVID-19. In celebration for the Dodgers, all of Major League Baseball should be celebrated, for effectively wrapping up the season in an unpresented time of life.