Championship parades have been a hot topic in LA this week. The LA Rams won the Super Bowl on Sunday. It quickly led to Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner and Lakers forward LeBron James championing the idea of the Rams, Dodgers, and Lakers holding a parade to celebrate the three franchises’s recent championships. Former Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson took to Twitter to provide his take, but it came off as a subtle jab at his former team.
— Joc Pederson (@yungjoc650) February 15, 2022
Pederson’s comments come in the wake of teammate Tyler Matzek proclaiming that the Dodgers “bubbleship” doesn’t have the same weight as the Braves title.
Video evidence suggests that Pederson did indeed enjoy the Atlanta Braves parade for their 2021 title. Pederson joyfully tossed pearl necklaces into the crowd while puffing on yet another cigar. His voluntary necklace distribution was a homage to the lucky pearls he wore during the Braves championship run.
Pederson spent his first seven years of major league baseball with the Dodgers. The left-handed slugger hit 130 home runs and recorded a .806 OPS in Dodger blue.
His regular season power numbers, solid defense, and light-hearted demeanor endeared him to fans. But Pederson made a name for himself in the World Series.
In the 2020 Fall Classic, Joc posted a 1.200 OPS in 12 at-bats. Against the Asterisks in 2017, Pederson produced a 1.344 OPS in 18 at-bats. Had the Dodgers won the 2017 World Series, Jocs’s three home run, five RBI performance in the seven-game series might have earned him MVP honors.
Years of Pederson interviews suggest that his parade Tweet was well intentioned. He’s not known to be a mean-spirited player.
It was just not well received by Dodgers fans.
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