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Dodgers: Mookie Betts Glad LA Got Punched in the Mouth During the NLCS



The Dodgers were very close to not winning a World Series in 2020. In fact, they were just 4 innings away from being booted by the Atlanta Braves in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. 

But we all know what happened from there. After falling down 3 games to 1, the Dodgers rallied behind their leaders and made an epic comeback. They eventually took down Atlanta in 7 games, though by that time the series momentum had heavily swung in their favor. 

But as bad as Dodgers fans think that might have been, Mookie Betts might disagree with them. The Dodgers outfielder spoke with am570 about that series at Spring Training this week, and he thinks it was just what they needed to get them motivated. 

When our backs were against the wall, we scratched and clawed our way back. Just showed what kind of team we have, I think we all knew it was just a matter of showing it. And it was good to get punched in the mouth like that because we had kind of been rolling all season and that hadn’t happened. Any time some adversity like that happens and you overcome it, it just lets you know what you’re made of.

With a 43-17 regular-season record, the Dodgers were absolutely in cruise control entering the postseason. That was further amplified in the playoffs when they rolled past the Brewers and the Padres in series sweeps.  

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But when they ran into the brick wall that was the Atlanta Braves, it seemed to have awoken something in the Dodgers. And it might have awoken something that will carry into this season and beyond if these players have anything to say about it. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. The man’s a winner. Dodgers need to stop and listen to him. Kinda like the old EF Hutton commercials!

  2. well it was cutting it close, but glad the Dodgers figured it out. This season the pods and braves are gonna be right in the mix again.

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