You could make a convincing argument that no team in the entire history of baseball has had a tougher route to a World Series title than the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Fans celebrate outside Dodger Stadium while watching the television broadcast of Game 6 of the World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays . The Dodgers won 3-1, taking the series. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
In baseball, the most numerically pure of all sports, 2020 was an aberration. A hodgepodge. A jerry-rigged jalopy that somehow made it all the way to the finish line. Playing in a bubble, playing under the specter of a pandemic, playing a shortened season with the threat of cancellation or worse at every turn, the Dodgers managed to win the World Series.
Los Angeles gets a trophy, but — given all that’s happened in the last seven months — should the Dodgers get an asterisk to go along with it?
No. Not just no, but **** no.
The 2020 season, although short, is as valid as any other, and the 2020 World Series championship is every bit as legitimate as the 115 that came before it. Allow me to explain, using baseball’s twin favorite rhetorical weapons: sentimentality and statistics.
First, let’s note that in Normal Times, baseball’s regular season is a haul, and like any long trip, there are points where you just want it to be over. There is not one person in American history, alive or dead, who would rather watch a dull June slog over literally any postseason game. The same way summer vacation used to be our reward for getting through the school year, the postseason is our reward for getting through…
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