The Angeles Dodgers are World Series champions for the first time since 1988 because they took advantage of the key moments of game 6 a mistake described by experts as historic by the Rays’ manager brought back glory to a franchise that deserved it after the lost finals in 2017 and 2018.
A sudden offensive awakening against Rays reliever Nick Anderson in the sixth inning, the Dodgers won, 3-1, to claim their long-awaited crown and complete their domination of the shortest and strangest season in Major League history.
“This team was amazing throughout the year, throughout the postseason, throughout the quarantine. “We never stopped. We were ready to go as soon as the bell rang. And once it did, we kept rolling”.said Corey Seager who drove the lead race in the sixth and became the eighth player to win the League Championship Series MVP and World MVP series in the same year
It was an unprecedented 2020 season of challenges for all involved, until their final game when World Series champion third baseman Justin Turner was retired before the eighth inning after receiving the results of a positive COVID-19 test in the middle of the game.
• Champions in their own right
On the other hand, there was Randy Arozarena, who made it through the month-long quarantine required by COVID to become the Rays’ surprise hero in October (his home run in the first inning of Game 6 was his tenth post-season record).
And yet, despite all the odds and obstacles, the Dodgers, winners of eight consecutive National League West titles and losers of the 2017 and 2018 World Series, ended up just where many expected when they pushed their chips last off-season and placed Mookie. Betts in his already loaded lineup.
After a wave of coronaviruses in the states dramatically changed the length and look of the regular MLB season, the Dodgers ruthlessly executed their changing schedule with a .717 win percentage (43-17), the fifth highest in the Modern Era, albeit in a 60-game season.
The Dodgers arrived this year angry and inspired by the Astros’ signal theft scandal and what they felt was stolen from them three years ago. And although Tampa Bay’s victory in the American League Championship Series over Houston prevented a rematch, Los Angeles got what they felt was due. The Dodgers ended the third-longest run of post-season appearances without rings because they ended 32 years of drought on one night in October.
Fuente: MLB Oficial