Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2020


When the Dodgers must start Tony Gonsolin in Game 6, not many people thought the Dodgers had a little chance of winning the World Series Tuesday. Gonsolin pitched 1.2 innings and allowed a solo home run by Randy Arozarena.

Throughout the 2020 season, the Dodger bullpen has been a strength. In Tuesday’s game, the bullpen did not issue a walk and allowed only a hit. Dylan Floro, Alex Wood, Pedro Báez, Victor González, Brusdar Graterol, and Julio Urìas struck out 12.

Blake Snell had the Dodger hitters tied up in knots for 5.1 innings. No Dodger hitter looked good against Snell. Mookie Betts, Corey Seager, and Justin Turner had six strikeouts. Although new baseball analytics say no starter should face any lineup three times, Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash pulled Snell. During the postseason, managers should be able to manage to rely on game situations.

The minute that Cash pulled Snell, the Dodgers knew they would win the game. After Austin Barnes singled with one out in the fifth, Betts doubled advancing Barnes to third. On a wild pitch, Barnes scored, and Betts moved to third. Corey Seager, who won the World Series MVP, hit a little ground ball to the Tampa Bay’s first baseman, and Betts used his blazing speed to score the ultimate winning run even though Betts blasted a solo home run in the eighth inning.

On a sad note, Justin Turner tested positive for COVID-19. The Dodgers removed Turner in the seventh.

Seager had a postseason for the ages. After winning the NLCS MVP, Seager won the World Series MVP. During the World Series, Seager hit .400 and 2 home runs while playing stellar defense at shortstop.

In the 2020 season, there were many ups and downs. For three months, after Major League Baseball canceled the last two and a half weeks of spring training, many people questioned if there was a Major League season. When Major League Baseball decided to have a competitive season, many pundits questioned whether the season would finish. Before Turner tested positive for COVID-19, Major League Baseball did not have a positive test for 60 days.

Many people, who are casual baseball fans, thought the 60-game regular season would diminish the world championship. This is bull! Winning 13 games in the postseason was tough and emotionally draining for Dodger players, management, broadcasters, and fans. At several times during the NLCS against the Atlanta Braves, the 2020 season would be another disappointment for the Dodgers.

So-called fans on social media unfairly and mean heartedly criticized manager Dave Roberts for every move he made. They wanted him fired!

Since February when spring training began, I had a gut feeling about the 2020 Dodgers. In every exhibition game, the Dodgers dominated their opponent. Then, the global pandemic came, and for the first time in my 43 years of following the Dodgers, I did not watch my favorite team in April, May, June, and for the first part of July, and I missed my Dodgers.

Then, summer camp began, and I saw the same passion that the Dodgers had in March. When David Price opted out, I worried about the starting rotation; nevertheless, I, unlike some so-called Dodger fans, did not criticize Price for his decision. I thought he must have underlying health conditions that I did not know about, and I felt in my bones that President Andrew Friedman would find enough starting pitching to win.

The emergence of Dustin May, González, Gonsolin, and Urìas was a pleasure to watch. Clayton Kershaw, despite missing his Opening Day start against the hated San Francisco Giants, was vintage Kershaw. For the first time during his Hall-of-Fame-career, Kershaw won 2 games during a postseason series, and it was in the 2020 World Series.

Although Kenley Jansen had his ups and downs during the 2020 season, he finally earned a world championship ring.

I am glad the Dodgers let Justin Turner on the field to celebrate with his teammates despite his positive COVID-19 test. From 2014 when he came to the Dodgers as a non-roster invitee, he had been the leader of the team. He has the most home runs in Dodger postseason history. After this season, Turner, who will be 36 in November, is a free agent.

I always wanted to cover the Dodger world championship since I was 23. I suffered through all the disappointments for the last 27 years. The Dodgers clinched the 2020 world championship exactly one month I turned 50. I would like to thank the Dodgers for a belated birthday present and a season that I will remember forever.

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