Last night the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 to win game six and the World Series. This was the type of series that the game of baseball needed. After some bad things from a past champion put a stain on the game, the Dodgers and the Rays brought back baseball and what it means. The two teams fought each other hard every game. Doing it with the type of play little leaguers watching could look up to and emulate.
The World Series
This game was won by the pitching once again. The Dodgers with six relievers combining for 7⅓ scoreless innings. This after starter Tony Gonsolin gave up a solo home run to Rays rookie sensation Randy Arozarena in the first. After that, it was all Dodgers. Mookie Betts who came to the Dodgers to help make this run had a fantastic game and he put the game on ice with his homer in the eighth.
There was a tense moment in the seventh when Justin Turner was removed from the game due to testing positive for COVID. Turner after had this to say;
“I feel great, no symptoms at all. Just experienced every emotion you can possibly imagine. Can’t believe I couldn’t be out there to celebrate with my guys! So proud of this team & unbelievably happy for the City of LA #WorldSeriesChamps.”Turner- Dodgers
He did show up later after the game to celebrate with his teammates.
But the man of the games and of the series, hell, the playoffs, was Corey Seager. Seager pulled off a rare double becoming Most Valuable Player of the World Series after earning the honor for the National League Championship Series. Well deserved as he was pivotal in both series.
“That’s things you think about when you’re a kid,” Seager said of being called World Series champion. “You wonder what it’s like, you strive to hear that, and to do it with this team and this group — it couldn’t be any more special.”Seager- Dodgers
Seager batted .400 with two homers, five RBIs, and six walks against the Rays. Including a sixth-inning grounder in Game 6 that allowed Betts to score. He also had hit .310 with five homers and 11 RBIs in the NLCS. Including three homers as the Dodgers, fought off elimination in Games 5, 6, and 7. He drove in runs in five consecutive plate appearances, starting with his final two at-bats in Game 2. No argument for the best in the playoffs to me.
But this was more than anyone guy it was a great team win for a team that had not won a title in a long long time (1988). They did it the right way. For many fans, this was just what we needed was a series and a win like this. So congratulations to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a great win. As well to the Tampa Bay Rays for a great season and a great run at the title.