Long-awaited Dodgers’ World Series title marred by Turner’s positive COVID-19 test


No dogpile, no champagne and a mask on almost every face – the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrated their first World Series title since 1988 in a way no one could have imagined before the coronavirus pandemic.They did it without Justin Turner, their red-haired star who tested positive for COVID-19 in the midst of their decisive victory.

Turner was pulled out of Los Angeles’ 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 on Tuesday night after recording Major League Baseball’s first positive test in 59 days and was not on the field while the Dodgers were profiting from the booty of a title won. during a most unusual season.

” Thank you everyone! Turner said on Twitter. “I feel good, no symptoms. I just felt all the emotions you can imagine. I can’t believe I couldn’t be there to celebrate with my guys! I am so proud of this team and incredibly happy for the city of LA. ”

Commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed Turner’s positive test moments after presenting the World Series trophy in Los Angeles – a shocking reminder of everything that has been different this season when the always-favored Dodgers finally broke through.

Mookie Betts, who came to the Dodgers to make a difference in the World Series, had a crazy run to plate in the sixth inning to put Los Angeles on top.

The end of a frustrating championship drought for Los Angeles – and perhaps just the start for Betts and the Dodgers, whose seventh World Series title was their sixth since leaving Brooklyn for the West Coast in 1958.

Betts moved out of third place for the indoors start of World Series MVP Corey Seager, then started eighth with a punctual homerun.

“I just became a part of it. I’m just happy I was able to contribute, ”said Betts.

Clayton Kershaw was warming up in the bullpen when Julio Urias knocked out Willy Adames to end it and ran alongside his teammates to celebrate in the infield, later joined by a family who had been in the bubble with them in North Texas. Players were given masks as they gathered, although many of their hugs went without a mask even after Turner tested positive.

The Dodgers had played 5,014 regular season games and were in their 114th postseason game since Orel Hershiser knocked out Tony Phillips of Oakland for the World Series Finals in 1988, the same year Kershaw – the three-time winner of the NL Cy Young Award who won games 1 and 5 of this series – was born in nearby Dallas.

Los Angeles had failed twice in the World Series in the previous three years. Betts were on the other side two years ago and pulled off Game 5 against the Boston Red Sox, who prior to this season traded the 2018 AL MVP to the Dodgers. They then granted him a 12-year US $ 365 million extension until he turned 40 in 2032.

Betts’ 3.2-second sprint was just enough to beat first baseman Ji-Man Choi’s throw, pushing Los Angeles 2-1 ahead moments after Rays manager Kevin Cash removed left-handed ace Blake Snell despite a dominant performance over 5 1/3 innings.

“I’m not sure exactly why,” said Betts, when asked about the move. “I’m not going to ask questions. He was organizing a great game. “

Blake Snell reacts after being taken out of the game in the sixth inning. (Tom Pennington / Getty Images)

Powerful Tampa Bay rookie Randy Arozarena extended his postseason record with his 10th homerun in first straight corner rookie Tony Gonsolin, the first of seven Dodgers pitchers. The Rays never had another runner beyond second base, as the Los Angeles reliever box gave Tampa Bay a stint a taste of its own medicine.

About 2 and a half weeks after the Lakers won the NBA title while ending their season in the NBA bubble in Orlando, Florida, the Dodgers gave Los Angeles another championship this year when the novel coronavirus pandemic delayed, shortened and moved the sporting seasons. .

Seager, also the NLCS MVP, set Dodgers records with eight homers and 20 RBIs this postseason.

The MLB season didn’t start until the end of July and was shortened to 60 games for the shortest regular season since 1878. And the extended postseason, with 16 teams instead of 10, has almost walked the entire distance.

It ended when Urias got the last two Tampa Bay hitters on the called third hitting – the 15th and 16 Ks from the rays, with wide receiver Austin Barnes filling in the final pitch in his back pocket. With the Dodgers’ 11 strikeouts, those are the most combined strikeouts in a nine-inning World Series game.


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