Eight straight playoff berths for the Dodgers. The last five featuring Dave Roberts at the helm. 32 years since hoisting the commissioner’s trophy as world champions. The club has been close to the promised land truly once over the last 32 years… a year where the Houston Astros robbed baseball of a fair fight. Where they robbed players of their legacies.
Over these past five seasons, Doc Roberts has worn the brunt of criticisms for the Los Angeles ballclub. From fans. From media. And it’s often been deserved. But he’s also been let down by his team. Often. Guys that have been there or guys that are close failing regularly and spectacularly in October.
In 2020, armed with the best team in the game, that narrative is no more. Dave Roberts has piloted his team to the top. To 13 wins over the traditional 11 thanks to an awkward shortened season necessitated by a pandemic.
After LA’s game 5 win, he was asked if he missed hearing the boo’s from real-life fans in 2020. But after game 6, the boo’s are no more.
David Ray Roberts is a world champion manager. Only the third manager in the long and storied history of the Dodgers to hold such a distinction.
Doc, you joined elite company… and you earned it.
Roberts navigated through tough calls and decisions all postseason long. At times, he reverted back to his old ways. He brought in those guys that have got us there before. He turned to guys that are close. But this time he adjusted to the game and to the moment. Clayton Kershaw didn’t pitch in relief or on short rest. Doc stayed the course when he could have gone to Walker Buehler on short rest in game 6. Kenley Jansen didn’t close every ballgame because he’s just not that guy anymore.
Dave silenced the haters of postseason’s past and brought Los Angeles the ring it wanted the most.
Thank you, Dave. Thank you.