“Great things are done when men and mountains meet.” – William Blake
The Los Angeles Dodgers are World Series Champions for the first time in 32 years. The glory of this World Series victory is a testament to how much integrity and resilience this specific Dodgers team had in 2020.
Veterans like Clayton Kershaw and Justin Turner are finally able to hoist that trophy and be known as World Series Champions. Youngsters like Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger and Julio Urias got their first taste of gold and will certainly have more in the future.
The Dodgers were the best team in baseball from start to finish in 2020. They finished the shortened 60 game season with a record of 43-17 against the American and National League West. Included in those 43 wins were two separate sweeps of the Houston Astros. In this season, the Dodgers showed how dominant they are when they only need to sprint to the finish line instead of pace themselves for a marathon.
The Mookie Betts trade certainly made one of the biggest differences for the Dodgers this season. They weren’t lacking any star power but they were lacking superstar power. Mookie Betts changed that as soon as he stepped foot in the Dodgers clubhouse.
Shortly after, Mookie Betts signed a 12 year, $365 million contract with the Dodgers and had some great words to say in his press conference, “I’m here to win some rings.”
Well Mookie, you’ve started off pretty great. For most of the players on the Dodgers, this is their first World Series Championship. Betts and Kelly are now two-time World Champions after winning together in 2018 with the Boston Red Sox.
This was a championship that has long eluded the Dodgers and their quest is finally over. A perfect balance of home grown talent and free agent signings lead this team to their first title in 32 years. I do not know how things will be next year but for now, I’m going to enjoy this World Series Championship!