Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, World Series champion. It has a sweet ring to it (pun intended). As we all know, Kersh is already one of the all-time greats in MLB history. With an MVP, multiple Cy Young awards, and a full slate of All-Star berths and other accolades to his name, he’s a sure-fire Hall of Famer five years after he retires. However, he had been missing one key ingredient.
A world championship.
Clayton has been chasing that title since his early days alongside Andre Ethier, Russell Martin, James Loney, Matt Kemp, and so on. Then, he was a rookie still getting his footing in the league. He elevated to become one of the game’s best and, as it turns out, may put a lot of pressure on himself to be the guy that does everything for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In 2020, it was a different Kersh. Moreover, that was something he discussed this week with AM570’s “Dodger Talk” host Dave Vassegh. In fact, he admitted to Vassegh that he probably definitely had tried to do too much over the years.
“I think at times in the past maybe I’ve thought that I had to do more than I really have to,” Kershaw said, “especially with the teams that we have. And especially this year. You know, we have Mookie, we have JT, we have Seags, we have Belli — like, I was just a guy to go help. I think that helped me so much. And then you have Walker to kind of take the brunt of the rest of the postseason and that helped me. I’m not gonna lie, that was awesome to have.”
As his manager Dave Roberts pointed out during his victory speech, we talk about a narrative with Clayton. But, as a crushed Kershaw admitted after a game 5 defeat in the 2019 NLDS, maybe it was all true. But maybe that was truly the final eye-opener for the long-time ace.
In 2020, Clayton Kershaw did not make a single relief appearance in the postseason. Clayton Kershaw didn’t even make one start on short rest. And now, a jubilant Clayton Kershaw is a world champion.