On Sunday at Dodger Stadium, it was reminiscent of an old timer’s game. Hallowed Dodgers legends made their way out to the ballpark to celebrate and to be honored. Sunday was the day the club celebrated the 40th anniversary of the 1981 World Series championship, the 5th title in franchise history.
The video production team put together a wonderful package narrated by none other than the greatest to ever do it, Hall of Famer Vin Scully. For nearly 11 minutes and 30 seconds, fans got a history lesson on one of the greatest teams in the history of the franchise.
Give it a watch, why don’t you?
The narrative is obvious and fair. The 1981 Dodgers and the 2020 Dodgers have more than their fair share of similarities. Of course, the 1981 MLB regular season was cut short due to a player strike that ate up more than 50 games off the schedule. And, 2020, as we know, saw a pandemic shorten the season to only 60 games.
Each championship team saw its share of World Series failures in the years preceding winning it all.
And each team featured a young left-hander out of Mexico that stole headlines.
‘81 Champs in the house. pic.twitter.com/ziLB2TyTb1
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 25, 2021
Nearly 2 dozen members of the 1981 team showed up to celebrate this 40th anniversary. Let’s see how many of these current Dodgers show up in 2060.