60 regular season games and 2 playoff rounds were played until fans were allowed into stadiums in any capacity. For Dodgers fans, the trade was well worth it.
The 2020 National League Championship Series was 4 innings away from ending the Dodgers’ hopes to win a World Series for the first time in 32 years. For three and a half of the first five games of the NLCS, the Atlanta Braves flat out dominated the Dodgers. Max Fried’s curveball, Ian Anderson’s changeup, and Freddie Freeman’s (ridiculous) bat had Dodger Blue in deja vu.
And then, suddenly, everything changed.
Will Smith must hate his name because the act he committed against the Atlanta pitcher of the same name was nothing short of criminal. Smith’s 6th inning home run in Game 5 marked a change that Dodger fans were not ready for – a change that was more than welcome. From that moment, truly, the Dodgers had everything under control. Less than 2 weeks later, the Commissioner’s Trophy changed its address to Vin Scully Avenue. Home sweet home.
The 2021 season represents an opportunity. An opportunity that only one team in baseball history truly has had. If the Dodgers are able to defend their World Series championship, with the roster the team enjoys, they undoubtedly will have become a juggernaut dynasty. I, along with all of my loyal Dodger Blue, am beyond excited to see what this season has to bring. More than anything, I look forward to returning to my seat at Dodger Stadium. Home sweet home.