Dodgers Dugout: The moment we've all been waiting for

Dodgers win their first World Series title since 1988

10/29/2020 7:33:00 AM

Dodgers Dugout: The moment we've all been waiting for

Dodgers win their first World Series title since 1988

Blake Snellfrom Game 6.Thank you Tampa Bay Rays, for being a worthy opponent with a bright future.Thank you to the readers of this newsletter, for sticking with me through six seasons. For all of your emails, even when you disagree with me. It was worth the journey, I’d say.

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Dodgers reactWhat some of the Dodgers had to say after winning:AdvertisementDave Roberts: “This is our year! We said it! This is our year! Everyone all over the world wearing Dodger blue never wavered. This is our year!”Corey Seager: “It’s phenomenal … this was incredible … we never stopped. To be able to finally … get the last out, win the last game, it’s surreal and it’s unbelievable.”

Kenley Jansen: “To the city of L.A., this is deserved by you guys, you guys needed it the most, 32 years and here we are, world champions.”Clayton Kershaw: “This year has been crazy, obviously, but no matter what, we’ll look back on this and we’re World Series champs, and to get to say that … it’s so special. I’ve been saying ‘World Series champs’ in my head over and over again. I can’t put it into words yet. I’m just so, so thankful to be a part of this group of guys, and so very thankful that we get to be on the team that is bringing back a World Series to Dodger fans after 32 years. They’ve waited for a long time.”

AdvertisementAndrew Friedman: “We’re bringing the trophy home; it’s been too long. To our incredible fans, thank you for all the support, we’re sorry it took us this long, thank you for your patience, but it’s coming home where it belongs, we are the champions.”

I want to hear from youEnough from me. I want to hear from you. There will be a newsletter on Friday, devoted entirely to your responses to this World Series title. So, email me atwith no more than two paragraphs as to what this title means to you. I’m limiting you to two paragraphs so I can get in as many as possible.

Turner test positiveJustin Turner was mysteriously pulled during the eighth inning Tuesday. Turns out, he tested positive for the coronavirus and was immediately pulled from the game. Preliminary reports indicate an inconclusive test came back in the second inning and a second, positive, test came through in the eighth, at which point he was removed from the game. This, of course, leads to many, many questions, but with so few details available at the time I write this (early Wednesday morning in L.A.), there aren’t many, if any, answers. But, why did a game start without all the test results in? Why not pull him in the second when an inconclusive test came in? Were the Rays informed in the eighth inning that Turner had tested positive? Will the Dodgers be allowed to fly home? Why did Turner come on the field after the game and remove his mask? Why were other Dodgers not wearing masks and interacting with their maskless families, knowing a teammate tested positive? And you have to wonder what would have happened if the Dodgers had lost and there was to be a Game 7 today. Would they have postponed it for a couple of days until both teams had a series of negative tests? In the meantime, here’s to the health of Turner and his family.

Joe BuckI picked on Joe Buck all through the World Series. But he did two things that made me stop. In Game 5, he is the first national TV broadcaster who I have heard strongly call out the Astros for cheating in the 2017 World Series.AdvertisementBut what really clinched it was the ninth inning of Game 6. He talked about how he always thinks about his dad during times like this, and he segued into talking about Vin Scully, and what he must be thinking now. He also said that Vin was the best to ever do this job, referring to calling baseball games. It was a classy gesture, one that Buck didn’t have to make, and it was much appreciated.

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Dodgers World Series batting averagesSome of you hate when I start listing stats. You’ll want to skip the next two sections. Many have requested to see how the Dodgers are batting in the World Series, so here you are:Corey Seager, .400, 8 for 20, 2 HR, 5 RBIs, 7 runs scored

Joc Pederson, .400, 4 for 10, 1 HR, 3 RBIsJustin Turner, .320, 8 for 25, 4 doubles, 2 HRs, 2 RBIs, 5 runs scoredMax Muncy, .318, 7 for 22, 1 double, 1 HR, 6 RBIsMookie Betts, .269, 7 for 26, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs, 4 stolen basesChris Taylor, .217, 5 for 23, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 11 strikeouts

Kiké Hernández, .200, 2 for 10, 1 double, 2 RBIsAJ Pollock, .167, 1 for 6, 1 doubleWill Smith, .167, 4 for 24, 1 double, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 10 strikeoutsAustin Barnes, .154, 2 for 13, 1 HR, 2 RBIsCody Bellinger, .136, 3 for 22, 1 HR, 3 RBIsEdwin Ríos, .000, 0 for 2

AdvertisementAlex Wood, 0.00 ERA, 4 IP, 2 hits, 1 walk, 5 K’sJake McGee, 0.00 ERA, 1 IP, 1 hit, 1 walk, 1 KAdam Kolarek, 0.00 ERA, 0.2 IP, 1 walk, 1 KBrusdar Graterol, 0.00 ERA, 2 IP, 2 hitsWalker Buehler, 1-0, 1.50 ERA, 6 IP, 3 hits, 1 walk, 10 K’sClayton Kershaw, 2-0, 2.31 ERA, 11.2 IP, 7 hits, 3 walks, 14 K’s

Victor González, 1-0, 2.45 ERA, 3.2 IP, 2 hits, 2 walks, 3 K’sJulio Urías, 2.57 ERA, 7 IP, 4 hits, 1 walk, 13 K’s, 1 saveJoe Kelly, 4.50 ERA, 2 IP, 2 hits, 0 walks, 3 K’sPedro Baez, 5.40 ERA, 3.1 IP, 3 hits, 1 walk, 3 K’sTony Gonsolin, 0-1, 6.00 ERA, 3 IP, 4 hits, 3 walks, 5 K’s

Blake Treinen, 6.75 ERA, 2.2 IP, 2 hits, 1 walk, 5 K’s, 1 saveDustin May, 9.00 ERA, 3 IP, 5 hits, 0 walks, 3 K’sDylan Floro, 9.00 ERA, 2 IP, 2 hits, 0 walks, 2 K’sKenley Jansen, 0-1, 10.80 ERA, 1.2 IP, 3 hits, 1 walk, 2 K’sWorld Series recordsBy popular demand, some Dodgers World Series leaders, which will be updated throughout the World Series:

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Absolutely. That is very true! Oh good a picture we can draw circles on to mark who got infected Where is JT’s mask😷 Balk? Massive fail.

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DodgersHere’s an early look at the front page of Wednesday’s latimessports section. Catch up on the Dodgers World Series win: sports Like avoiding COVID and then having a player play in the clinching game WITH COVID sports good luck sports Will we be drawing circles on this picture to show who got infected?

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Dodgers assure fans a World Series celebration will happen when 'it is safe to do so'The Dodgers championship has finally happened — but the group fiesta with the players and staff will have to wait. Blame the coronavirus. It's the only mass outdoor gathering that's NOT happening during Covid. It seems like a parade could be done safely. And blame dipshit Justin Turner