Thursday started off as a great night for the Dodgers. They got to welcome Joc Pederson back into town and all the players were happy to have their buddy at the Ravine. The team also had a really cool pregame ceremony for Joc in front of fans to give him his 2020 World Series ring.
The Dodgers played a moving video tribute for Joc who was a big part of the team for so many years. Joc was drafted by Los Angeles in 2010 and made his big league debut in 2014. He hit 141 homeruns in a Dodger uniform and had HUGE moments in the postseason.
Joc Pederson getting his #Dodgers 2020 World Series ring!
I don't care what uniform he's wearing, Joc will always be a Dodger at heart. ???
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) June 25, 2021
But there was also an added surprise to the event that sort of flew under the radar. The Dodgers apparently gave Joc’s younger brother Champ a World Series ring of his own. Champ talked about it with Cubs broadcasters during the game.
The Los Angeles Dodgers gifted Champ Pederson, Joc’s older brother a 2020 World Series championship ring as well. ??? @yungjoc650
— Cubs Zone ™? (@CubsZone) June 25, 2021
Champ capped off the interview by saying “I’m very happy to be Joc’s older brother” and left us all in a puddle of happy tears. As big as Joc was with the Dodgers while in Los Angeles, Champ was right there with him. It seemed like every step of the way he was right there alongside his little brother cheering him on.
The Dodgers and their fans will always miss Joc and Champ. They deserve every bit of happiness coming his way in Chicago.