Dodgers fans would love nothing more than a World Series Championship. After all, it’s been close to 32 years since the Dodgers have been able to hoist the trophy at the end of the season. It certainly doesn’t help that they dropped back-to-back World Series in 2017 and 2018. It’s even worse considering they were cheated out of the 2017 one.
Dodgers’ part-owner Magic Johnson understands the meaning of championships in Los Angeles. Teams like the Lakers, Kings, Sparks, and Galaxy have all won titles in LA in recent years. But more than anything, Magic wants to get it done for one guy specifically.
I just want one for Kershaw. I just want a World Series ring for him. He deserves to have a championship ring. See, none of these guys understand like I do when you win in this town, and the parade is unbelievable. I just want to see Clayton ride on that float and experience what I’ve experienced five times as a player, and then another five times as an owner.
There may not be a guy on the Dodgers’ roster more deserving of a World Series ring than Clayton Kershaw. He has played twelve magical seasons with Los Angeles, carrying the team for a decent part of those years. He has gone to the playoffs for nine of those twelve years, appearing in 32 games and making 25 starts.
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Unfortunately, his career has been marred by a history of underperforming in the playoffs. It’s not often that you see a guy with three Cy Young Awards AND an MVP award with a 4.43 earned run average in a large sample size. But 2017 was supposed to be Kershaw’s year, and the Astros cheated him and the Dodgers out of that.
Now, with only two seasons left on his current contract, fans are realizing his days with the Dodgers might be numbered, He’s not that 21-year-old kid with a nasty curveball and mid-90’s fastball that we all fell in love with. He’s older, wiser, and maybe a few steps slower. The sun isn’t quite setting on his career, but it’s certainly closing in on that. Kershaw just turned 32 in March, and time may be running out to get him that ring in Los Angeles.