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Dodgers Take World Series Title After Hard-Won Battle

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 27: Mookie Betts #50 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated by his teammates after hitting a solo home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the eighth inning in Game Six of the 2020 MLB World Series at Globe Life Field on October 27, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images)

By Matteo Herrera 

The Los Angeles Dodgers finally won it. They haven’t won the World Series since 1988. 

No dogpile or champagne bottles were being popped during their celebrations. A mask on most of the players and staff members faces due to the pandemic. 

They began their celebrations before one of their star players, Justin Turner could get to the field while he found out he tested positive for COVID-19 midway through game six. The result is Major League Baseball’s (MLB) first positive test in the past 59 days. He wasn’t on the field during game six; they took him out of the dugout to stop any chance of spreading. He watched from the stands clinching the World Series. 

“Thanks to everyone reaching out,” Turner said on Twitter, “I feel great no symptoms at all, just experienced every emotion you can imagine. I 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.”

Turner returned to the field an hour after the game finished hugging his teammates and sat in the front-and-center for the team picture with the trophy next to manager Dave Roberts. He had his mask pulled down under his beard. The MLB has released a statement saying he broke CDC and MLB protocols; it will be going under investigation. 

The MLB hosted the playoffs in neutral-site bubbles across the country. 

“He’s part of the team. Forget all that. He’s part of the team. We’re not excluding him from anything,” said Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts, according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.

Los Angeles had come top short in the finals twice in the past three years. One of their current players, Mookie Betts, was on the other side of the field playing for the Boston Red Sox in 2018. He hit a home-run, clinching the title for Boston in game five. Before this season started, the Red Sox traded the 2018 American League MVP to the Dodgers. Betts then signed a 12-year deal that gave him $365 million until he turns 40 years old in 2032. 

Betts ran from third base to home for the go-ahead run after Corey Seager hit a sixth-inning grounder. He then hit a homer in the eighth inning. 

That ended the Dodger’s championship drought. Their seventh World Series title could be just the beginning for Mookie Betts and Los Angeles. 

On the other hand, the Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Tony Snell struck nine batters, including all-season Betts, Turner, and Seager, each in their first two at-bats. Although, the Rays decided to pull Snell from pitching for the rest of the game. It was a decision made by manager Kevin Cash even though Snell had a good match. 

“It was kind of like a sigh of relief. It was the Cy Young Snell that pitched tonight,” said Betts in an ESPN postgame interview. 

When Snell was pulled out, pitcher Nick Anderson took his place. However, he allowed a double to Mookie Betts. The Rays ended up giving away their lead, costing them the trophy.

Ray’s rookie Randy Arozarena hit his tenth homer extending his playoff record in the first inning. Tampa wasn’t able to get a player past second base for the rest of the game. The Dodgers only allowed the Rays to get two hits and no walks over seven-innings. 

Tampa had high hopes after their walk-off win in game 4 when Randy Arozarena scored the game-winning run after multiple errors from the Dodgers defense. 

“This year has been crazy, no matter what, we’ll look back on this, and we’re World Series champs. To get to say that and get to be part of that, it’s so special no matter what,” said Dodgers pitcher Kershaw in an ESPN postgame interview.

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