We’ll open this by saying that Corey Seager was an absolutely fine call for World Series MVP. However, if you ask the Dodgers players, they couldn’t have got to the promised land without the help of one key contributor.
Now, if you happen to be someone that’s not overly active on, or use Instagram, chances are you might have missed “Pep Talk Knox.” Joe Kelly’s 4-year-old son Knox — through his mom’s IG account — started relaying messages of encouragement to the team as they were trying to climb out of a 3-1 hole against the Braves in the NLCS.
From that point on, the messages became a staple for players and fans alike. In fact, in a recent interview, Joe Kelly said the team got so invested in and motivated by Knox that some wouldn’t hit the field until they heard from the off-field spark plug. Moreover, Kelly said that his son was getting some calls for co-MVP of the World Series.
The team understands it. Baseball is superstitious and so Knox was rattling off wins and I had guys begging me ‘hey, we gotta go on the field, I need to see a video!’ I mean, Corey Seager, [Cody Bellinger], no joke, they were like, ‘Knox literally deserves the MVP.’ Guys bought in.
By game 6 of the World Series, the team had shirts made up inspired by Knox’s series of rally cries. Ashley Kelly, Knox’s mom, had the series-clinching attire made up by a family friend and now it’s available on Joe’s website josephkellyjr.com. Proceeds from sales will be donated to a charity of Knox’s choice, making this a doubly winning shirt.
So, again, Corey Seager was the right call for series MVP, but you can’t count out Knox as an honorable mention.