Originally published by DodgerBlue.com
The Los Angeles Dodgers got the monkey off their back in an eighth consecutive trip to the postseason, defeating the Tampa Bays Rays in six games to win the World Series, their first since 1988.
A majority of the Dodgers’ roster has been through the heartbreak of repeated losses in October, even making it to the World Series in 2017 and 2018 before falling short on both occasions.
They will now forever be known as champions and perhaps no one is more deserving than Clayton Kershaw, who has had his fair share of postseason struggles but is widely recognized as the best pitcher of this generation.
Kershaw didn’t have the honor of getting the final out in Game 6 as that belonged to Julio Urias, who pitched 2.1 perfect innings to close out the World Series and cap off what was an outstanding showing in postseason.
While Urias was proud to win his first World Series, he is even happier for Kershaw and enjoyed the hug they shared together on the field after the game, via ESPN:
“The truth is I’m very happy for him, for his family,” Urias told ESPN Mexico. “One of the moments I’ll remember most was the hug he and I shared, or rather the one he gave me. He’s our example to look up to as a teammate, yet he came over to me to embrace me like that, share the words that he did.” …
“If there’s one person that the whole team can be proud of and happy for after winning a championship, it’s him [Kershaw],” Urias said. “He has it all, has won it all, and the only thing he was missing was a title.”
Both Kershaw and Urias have now solidified their legacies as all-time great pitchers in an organization that is known for having some of the best in Major League history.
Kershaw not concerned with legacy
Even after finally winning it all, Kershaw dismissed the idea that his legacy is something that concerns him.
“I don’t care at all, man. We won the World Series. The 2020 Dodgers won the World Series. Who cares about all that other stuff? To be a part of that team, all that other stuff is just pointless,” he said. “It doesn’t matter. We won. It’s great.”
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