It still doesn’t feel real. For a lifelong Dodger fan that wasn’t even a figment of the imagination the last time this team won it all, it hasn’t quite hit me yet.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are your 2020 World Series Champions.
This team has had that special feeling all season long, but it wasn’t until these playoffs began that it really felt like this could be their year. With the constant threat that the season could be shut down at any moment due to a variety of factors, it still seems like a small miracle that a 60-game season was able to be completed.
For all of the talk surrounding Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger coming into the year, a lot of folks around baseball forgot about another young star on this loaded Dodgers roster. Well, after the October performance that he had, they won’t forget the name of Corey Seager for a long, long time.
NL Wild Card Series vs Milwaukee Brewers
- 1-7, .143 BA, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
The lone smear on an otherwise incredible October came during the 2 games against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Seager only managed one hit in the series, but the one that he did get turned out to be crucial in getting LA their first win. With the Dodgers hanging on to a 3-2 lead in Game 1 and the offense struggling to find a rhythm, Corey launched a massive solo home run that sealed the win for LA.
Seager. Yard. pic.twitter.com/VrHyf1aM1Q
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 1, 2020
After an incredible regular season that reminded the baseball world why he is one of baseball’s best, Corey Seager did not let some bad luck in the Wild Card round get him down. In fact, he was only getting started.
NL Division Series vs San Diego Padres
- 4-11, .364 BA, 3 RBI, 3 BB
The Dodgers made quick work of their opponent in the Division Series, ending the series in 3 games. After some incredibly bad luck with finding the grass in the previous round, Seager finally received some breaks and broke through with some key hits.
While he did not homer in this series, his line-drive hitting ability was on full display with two doubles and 4 hits overall.
Almost all of his production came in the critical Game 2 that ended in a 6-5 nailbiter. With the Dodgers facing an early 1-0 deficit, Seager quickly took away any momentum that the Padres had with a 2-run double in the 3rd inning.
Seager. Muncy. For the lead. pic.twitter.com/TfHX2WP6WG
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 8, 2020
He ended the night going 3-4 with his 2-run double helping the Dodgers take a 2 game lead over San Diego. With no strikeouts throughout the series, Seager looked primed for a serious playoff run. And did he ever.
NL Championship Series vs Atlanta Braves
- 9-29, .310 BA, 5 HR, 11 RBI, 1 BB
Coming into the postseason, everyone considered the San Diego Padres to be the biggest challenge facing the Dodgers. And after watching them sweep their way past San Diego, everyone was convinced that the Braves’ series would be just as easy.
Instead, we received a fight for 7 games ending with LA moving on to their 3rd World Series in 4 years. This series was so competitive that without Corey Seager, the Dodgers would have ended their season prematurely yet again.
His Game 5 performance with the Dodgers facing elimination was something special. His two home runs and 3 RBI were key in keeping their playoff hopes alive, and they never looked back.
Corey to center! pic.twitter.com/zsxk8aYZXt
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 17, 2020
COREY SEAGER, SO HOT RIGHT NOW. pic.twitter.com/v94a8F1sGi
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 17, 2020
With his 5 home runs and 11 RBI, Seager set new NL records in both categories and cemented himself as the NLCS NVP for the first time in his career. After securing the NL Pennant yet again, the Dodgers returned to the biggest stage of all, and Seager was once again in the middle of just about everything.
World Series vs Tampa Bay Rays
- 8-20, .400 BA, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 6 BB
While Corey’s two home runs in the World Series came during losing efforts, his bat was a constant threat throughout.
His biggest hit in the series came on one of his softest hits, an infield single that scored Mookie Betts and gave the Dodgers the 2-1 lead.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 28, 2020
This series went back and forth, but ultimately, the Dodgers’ overwhelming depth was too much for the Rays to overcome. With 3 former MVPs on the roster, it was the overlooked shortstop that made the biggest difference and helped this team overcome their final hurdle.
The world seemed to have forgotten how good Corey Seager can be when healthy, but this World Series run has put an end to all of that. His October performance was one for the ages, and the sky is still the limit for the 26-year-old.
After 32 years filled with heartbreak and early exits, the Dodgers made sure that their 2020 story had a different ending. And for anyone that tries to tell you that this title will have an asterisk next to it, remind them of these two little facts:
- The Dodgers didn’t have to cheat to win theirs
- Their 13 wins are the most in the postseason by any World Champion EVER.
The road was hard, but the reward was worth the agonizing wait. Corey Seager helped bring the joy of winning a title to an entirely new generation of Dodgers fans, and for that, Los Angeles will always be grateful.