After eight consecutive trips to the postseason, the Los Angeles Dodgers are World Series Champions. With a high payroll, the Dodgers lifted the Commissioner’s Trophy on Tuesday night, marking an end to the franchise’s 21st Century World Series drought with the Game 6 victory.
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell was off to a noteworthy start when Rays manager Kevin Cash pulled him from the game after 73 pitches.
“It was kind of like a sigh of relief,” said Los Angeles outfielder Mookie Betts. “He was pitching really, really well.”
“(I) didn’t want Mookie or (Dodgers shortstop and World Series Most Valuable Player Corey) Seager seeing Blake a third time,” Cash said. The game ultimately came down to a home run and an RBI (run batted in) double from Betts, along with a notable pitching effort from the Dodgers.
“To know what it feels like to lose ... and be able to rebuild and come back and rebuild and stay focused, it’s special,” Seager said. After two recent trips to the Fall Classic, the Dodgers are bringing the trophy home to Los Angeles.
After a condensed season due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, MLB implemented a playoff bubble and almost made it through the postseason without a positive COVID-19 test until Los Angeles third baseman Justin Turner tested positive.
He was pulled from the game after playing six innings and ultimately joined his team on the field for the post-game celebration.
Andrew Friedman, president of baseball operations of the Dodgers, commented on his celebration.
“I don't think there was anyone that was going to stop him from going out (onto the field),” he said.
Los Angeles pitcher Clayton Kershaw commented on feelings brought by his team's win.
“I’m so happy for my wife, the sense of relief that we finally did it ... and for my whole family, and the people that are happy for me. It’s overwhelming just to see the support,” he said. Kershaw finished the postseason with a 2.31 earned run average and .857 walks plus hits per innings pitched ratio.
“I had a crazy feeling that came to fruition,” Friedman said. “I just knew that we weren’t going to be denied this year.”