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Dodgers: Mookie Betts Sees the Bullseye Painted on LA’s Backs

Mookie knows that other teams are gunning for the Dodgers.

Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Mookie Betts screams out while rounding the bases on an eighth inning homer in game six of the World Series at Globe Life Field. (Photo by Robert Gauthier/ Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)


The Dodgers always seem to bring out the best in teams. No matter what they record or circumstances, opposing players always find another gear when playing against arguably the best team in baseball.

That might be even more amplified fresh off of a World Series win. The defending champions always have a little bit of a target on their backs in the years immediately following a title. That certainly looks to be the case for the Dodgers. 

Mookie Betts knows how difficult it is to go back-to-back in Major League Baseball. The Dodgers superstar went from a win with Boston in 2018 to missing the playoffs the following season. Defending a title once again in 2021, Betts knows that it will be an uphill battle. 

I think we all have one goal in mind and that’s to win again. We know it’s going to take a lot of hard work and we know we have a bullseye on our back. But I’d rather be playing with a bullseye on my back than trying to chase to get to the top. 

Betts also touched on the tendency to bring out the best in opposing teams following a championship. That’s something he expects with the Dodgers this year. 

It’s just tough man, you’re going to get everybody’s best. You’re going to get everybody’s best. Just know that it’s other guy’s World Series in the middle of June. We have to match their energy and know it’s kind of tough. 

If there was ever a team built to win multiple championships, it’s this Dodgers squad. The 2020 team was great, but the 2021 team looks to be even better on paper. All that is left to do is put all of those pieces together into one well-oiled championship machine. 

Any team led by guys like Mookie Betts, Justin Turner, and Clayton Kershaw can certainly make that happen. Be ready for a fight Dodgers fans, this is going to be fun. 

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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. It’s been that way since Guggenheim bought the team and MLB started predicting them to win the World Series each year. Even after early exits teams continued bringing their A game against them. It might be amplified this time but to a certain extent they always deal with this

  2. It’s another swing and miss offense. How does a team like this beat another’s best pitcher? Just like last year…wait them out and take off in the bullpen. The burden will be on our starters to keep games close. Here’s to hoping Gavin Lux is the contact hitter along with JTurn that this team really needs.

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