By Joseph Phillips, Crusader Sports Editor
For the first time in 32 seasons, the Los Angeles Dodgers clinched the 2020 World Series with a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday, October 27.
The Game 6 victory by the Dodgers was their 7th World Series title in franchise history.
“This is our year,” manager Dave Roberts said during the on-field celebration, in front of an intentionally limited number of attendees at Globe Life Field. “We said it. This is our year. Everyone in this ballpark wearing Dodger blue, everyone all over the world wearing Dodger blue never wavered. This is our year.”
According to MLB.com, the Dodgers ran roughshod over the Brewers in the NL Wild Card Series and the division-rival Padres in the NL Division Series, and then overcame a 3-1 deficit against the Braves in the NL Championship Series to advance to the World Series.
On Tuesday night, one of the team’s biggest offseason acquisitions Mookie Betts came through in the clutch with a double, which led to the team’s first run in the sixth inning, and a 438-foot homer to close out the game.
Betts’ clutch performance in Game 6 verified the 12-year, $365 million deal he signed during the season. Betts was traded to the Dodgers from the Boston Red Sox during the offseason.
Known as one of the most successful and storied franchises in MLB history, the Dodgers have won a total of seven World Series championships and a record 24 National League pennants.
Eleven NL MVP award winners have played for the Dodgers, winning a total of 14. Eight Cy Young Award winners have pitched for the club, winning a total of 12—by far the most of any Major League franchise. Additionally, the Dodgers boast 18 ‘Rookie of the Year Award’ winners, more than twice as many as the next club. This includes four consecutive ‘Rookies of the Year’ from 1979 to 1982 and five consecutive ones from 1992 to 1996.