In the wake of the LA Rams winning the Super Bowl, Lakers superstar LeBron James proposed the Rams, Lakers, and Dodgers combining their championship parades.
Both the Lakers and Dodgers never held parades for their 2020 titles due to the pandemic. Braves reliever Tyler Matzek used the opportunity to invalidate both the Lakers and Dodgers titles that were won in “bubble” environments.
They do parades for real championships, not bubbleships. Our Ludacris and Big Boi concert was lit as well. https://t.co/15SUd1l1Ww
— Tyler “Nutsack” Matzek (@TylerMatzek) February 15, 2022
Of course, Twitter is a merciless place so fans quickly posted the video of Matzek getting arrested at the Braves 2021 parade. Safe to assume, the police didn’t recognize Matzek.
LeBron wasn’t the only one with the idea to include other teams in the Rams parade. Third baseman Justin Turner started the movement last night shortly after the Rams were crowned champions.
— Justin Turner (@redturn2) February 14, 2022
At the end of the day, every team in MLB and the NBA faced similar circumstances and challenges in their respective bubbles. It was a level playing field. This writer is obviously biased, but the cream always rises to the top. Regardless of the glass.
Honestly, one could make the argument that winning a championship in a bubble is even more challenging.
The Lakers, along with the rest of the playoff NBA teams, spent months in Orlando. Now, they weren’t staying at a Best Western, but three-plus months, even at a five-star hotel, isn’t exactly what superstar athletes are accustomed to.
For the Dodgers, the “secure zone” in Dallas for the 2020 playoffs was an unsettling experience according to former LA reliever Joe Kelly.
No one’s going to shed any tears for the players, but the bubbles were still a variable every playoff team had to deal with.
Perhaps it just sour grapes from Matzek after the Dodgers came back from a 3-1 series deficit in the 2020 NLCS to beat the Braves.
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