It’s been a long road, but the Dodgers found their way back to the Fall Classic in comeback fashion on Sunday night. The 7-game series against the Atlanta Braves did not go as planned for LA, but they ultimately found a way to grind it out and set the stage for a battle of the top seeds in the World Series.
This Dodgers team showed some resilience and fight just to force a Game 7, and it is this fight that has given fans a new sense of hope that maybe, just maybe, 2020 will finally be our turn to be the last team standing.
After the win, Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts had a simple message for all the fans that have been following this journey the past few seasons.
?THIS IS OUR YEAR!
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 19, 2020
This year is our year. This is our year!
Many pegged the Dodgers as the favorites to win it all from the very beginning, but we’re a long way from Spring Training and the beginning of this shortened season. The team that was expected to take the field every day for the Dodgers is not the same team that just won their third National League Pennant in the past four years. Some players have struggled while others have stepped up and created a name for themselves, and it couldn’t be more perfect.
Dave Roberts has done an incredible job as the Dodgers’ manager these past 5 seasons. For all of his questionable decisions, there are plenty of great calls and inspiring speeches that more than make up for them. If this team can find a way to end the World Series drought, Dave will most certainly be one of the greatest managers in team history.
The Dodgers still have work left to do, but the team that just outlasted the young and hungry Braves definitely has what it takes to finally breakthrough. The journey begins with a Game 1 matchup on Tuesday against Tyler Glasnow and the Tampa Bay Rays.
You can watch Dave’s full celebratory speech in the video below.
Love every second of this postgame message from Dave Roberts. pic.twitter.com/edQaDsItk2
— Robbie Fuelling (@RobbieFuelling) October 19, 2020
World Series game 1 is set for Tuesday night with first pitch at 5:08 PM PT on Fox. Clayton Kershaw is expected to get the ball for game one while the Rays named RHP Tyler Glasnow as their game 1 starter.