It takes more than one player to win a championship, but for the Dodgers, Mookie Betts was the piece that changed everything.
From the moment he signed with LA, Betts had a ring on his mind and was determined to help his new team climb that final hurdle. Back in July, when baseball was starting to look like a possibility again, Mookie shared his excitement on getting the opportunity to compete for a title again.
It’s going to be an amazing thing to put on a Dodger uniform. Really, to put on a uniform in general, I’m happy. This is basically a new home for me. I’m super excited. Got 60 games to get in the playoffs. Then got to bring home a ring.”
And just 3 months and 7 days later, Mookie kept his word. Although he didn’t get us there alone, his leadership, drive, and pure passion for the game led the way for this hungry Dodgers squad as they won their first title since 1988.
If the 2017 Dodgers were the team of destiny, this year’s version was definitely the dream team. With everything that went wrong in 2020, this team being able to put it all aside and win it all meant everything to this city and to this fanbase. It’s been a long 32 years since this city crowed a baseball champion, but the future looks just as bright as the present for these Dodgers.
With the final out still fresh in the memory of fans around the world, Mookie Betts left us all with another message: They’re not done yet. Get ready for plenty of October memories, Dodger fans.
THE JOB IS FINISHED!!!!! This one's for you LA – the City of Champions! Enjoy the hell out of it, but you know these boys aren't done chasing rings!!! pic.twitter.com/rifShjVtke
— Mookie Betts (@mookiebetts) October 28, 2020
Thank you for the first one, Mookie!