After a 32-year drought and two straight losses in the World Series (2017, 2018), the Los Angeles Dodgers have finally done it.

The Dodgers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 in Game 6 of the World Series Tuesday night at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

It seemed that Tampa Bay had a shot with a 1-0 lead in the sixth and Blake Snell absolutely dealing on the mound (9 Ks). With one down, Snell gave up a single to Austin Barnes that brought Mookie Betts to the plate. Rays’ manager Kevin Cash made the decision that baseball fans ‘round the world are questioning, to pull Snell and put Nick Anderson in. 

Anderson promptly gave up a double down the line to Betts, then a wild pitch to score Barnes from third. After that, Corey Seager grounded into a fielder’s choice that turned out to be unsuccessful for the Rays’ defense, allowing Betts to dive in safely at home to make it a 2-1 lead. 

Sure, Cash may have made the “theoretical” decision, putting in a right-hander for the matchup advantage, and it would have been Mookie’s third time seeing Snell. Nonetheless, I don’t see how you can take Snell out when he was doing so well. He was only at 73 pitches and had punched Mookie out twice already.

In the bottom half of the eight, Betts put the exclamation mark on the game belting a solo shot to left center to make it a 3-1 lead.

Julio Urias had another great outing of two-plus innings in a series closing game, and he became the youngest pitcher ever to record a save in a World Series-clinching game since 1981.  

Eight straight NL West champs dating back from 2013 and finally something to show for it. Dave Roberts and Clayton Kershaw can now quiet the critics. 

Kershaw had a great performance in this year’s World Series. He went 2-0 in 11.2 innings only allowing seven hits with a 2.31 ERA and 14 strikeouts. No one has the right to say he can’t perform in the playoffs anymore. Give this man his respect… he is one of the all-time greats, officially. How could you not be happy for this guy to finally win a ring?

That performance wasn’t enough to take home the World Series MVP, though. That went to the second hottest hitter in this year’s playoffs… we’ll get to number one later.

Corey Seager went off in the postseason. He hit .400 with an OPS over 1.250 along with two home runs and five RBIs in the World Series. His biggest games were in both losses they took, but he was able to make an impact in every game. He also had seven runs scored, a series high.

Some may argue that Mookie could have slid in and won the MVP, mostly people trolling the Red Sox, although he did have a huge impact on the series, especially in Game 6. His baserunning was phenomenal this series, and he put the Dodgers in position to score so many times. Along with his five runs scored he stole four bases and hit two home runs.

Now, we have to talk about the standout rookie who had a HISTORIC performance in this year’s playoffs, Randy Arozarena. He now sits atop the list of most home runs hit in the postseason, and he surpassed a list of very impressive names:

1. Randy Arozarena (2020)- 10

T-2. Corey Seager (2020)- 8

T-2. Nelson Cruz (2011)- 8

T-2. Carlos Beltran (2004)- 8

T-2. Barry Bonds (2002)- 8

And not only that, but he also passed Pablo Sandoval for most hits in a single postseason with 29. Sandoval’s record was 26. I can’t wait to see what the 25-year-old has in store for next season.

Surprising news broke following the last out of the World Series. Justin Turner was removed from the game with an apparent “injury” in the seventh inning, but it turns out he tested positive for COVID-19. Turner and the team were notified right away and he was supposed to isolate right after, yet he went back out anyway.

There will be many different stances on what went down here. Obviously, Turner going back out probably will end up being problematic, especially after embracing many of his teammates after the game. But, he had already been in close contact with them around the dugout and field, so no one made an effort to stop him from coming back on the field. In fact, it seemed his teammates welcomed it, including Mookie Betts:

Granted, it was an extremely abnormal season, and honestly who knows what could’ve happened if it was normal… is what the haters would say. Let’s not forget that they ended the year with a 43-17 record, which was on pace to tie the record for most wins (116) in a season. This team was destined to win this season, regardless of if it were normal or not.