It felt like it would never happen. Something so out of reach perhaps like an act of god. Some of us have waited our entire lives, especially the kids who grew up in the post Kirk Gibson era. When the Dodgers last won the World Series I was about 8 years old. Today the black cloud was finally lifted. The skies cleared and the drought finally mercifully ended. The Dodgers won the World Series. Mark this day on your calendar, October 27, 2020 the day the Dodgers ended the 32-year championship drought.
We’ve been through a lot as Dodger fans. From the awful Fox era, to Frank McCourt, to bankruptcy through mediocrity, through postseason heartbreak. Now we can finally breathe. We can finally scream and shout to the heavens! THE DODGERS ARE WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS! Say that again and again and again and again. Those six beautiful words have never sounded so incredible.
The sixth game of the World Series was a taught pitching duel. Dodger’s starter Tony Gonsolin only lasted an inning and a third, giving up a solo home run to Randy Arozarena in the top of the first. The Dodgers were unable to hit opposing starter Blake Snell who struck out nine and allowed just two hits over 5.2 innings pitched.
World Series Game 6
Rays 1 5 0
Dodgers 3 5 0
For some reason Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash removed Snell with one out in the bottom of the sixth after Austin Barnes reached on a base hit. Mookie Betts immediately doubled down the left field line to send Barnes to third. The Dodgers used some small ball to score two more and take the lead. A wild pitch scored Barnes and then Mookie scored on a Corey Seager grounder to first. Mookie was running on contact and his terrific slide to the side of the plate gave the Dodgers the lead.
For good measure Mookie added a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh to extend the Dodger’s lead to 3-1. In the end, the Dodger bullpen came through with flying colors. Dylan Floro, Alex Wood, Brusdar Graterol, Victor Gonzalez and Julio Urias held the Rays for the remainder of the game. The final lout was recorded by Urias as he struck out Willy Adames on a called third strike. Urias raised his hands to the sky as the Dodgers filed onto the field in celebration. Corey Seager was named World Series MVP.
Check out the World Series Trophy presentation. I’ll have more to say later. For now I am just going to leave you all with these words……WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!